Sena is keen to groom Tejas for connecting with youth voters ahead of BMC polls.
After Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s son Tejas Thackeray had visited several shakhas (local office) of the party speculation is rife in political circles that the latter might make a foray into active politics. Tejas taking stock of functioning of the sena shaka comes at a time when the party is keenly involved in the preparation of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation election scheduled to be held next year. According to political analysts, Sena is keen to groom Tejas for playing a major role in politics. They added that the party has been trying to woo youth by making Uddhav’s younger son as campaign manager for the BMC elections’.
Aditya Thackery, who is the chief of Yuva Sena (youth wing) had played a key role by campaigning for Sena in the Lok Sabha and assembly polls. He is massively popular among youth and interacts with them through social media sites. Just like him, Tejas’s foray into politics will only attract more youth towards Sena. The saffron party already had softened its stand over celebration of Valentine’s Day and has pitched for active night life in Mumbai to lure youth. Since youth form around 40 per cent of the voter base the party is leaving no stone unturned to woo them.
According to sources, “Tejas is likely to play a key role in campaigning for Sena in the upcoming BMC election. Through his induction more youths will start connecting with the party. He will also interact with the youth and try to understand the issues faced by them.”
“Tejas will be strategically involved in taking vital decision to take the party forward. He will plan various strategies to strengthen the party ahead of civic body polls. Right now, he is learning about the nitty gritties about functioning of the party. Sena can groom him as a gen-next leader who can run the party in future,” said another source.
On the other hand, Uddhav Thackeray said that Tejas won’t be making a foray into active politics right now. He said, “Tejas had visited the Sena’s local office to oversee whether I am working efficiently. He had accompanied me at the party office along with Aditya. Since Tejas is pursuing his studies hence he won’t be entering into active politics right now. He will take a decision about when he should join politics.”
Meanwhile Sena is trying to woo Gujarati voters to create a dent in BJP’s traditional vote bank. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supporters Hemraj Shah, a leader from the Bruhad Mumbai Gujarati Samaj from South Mumbai, and Jayanti Modi from Malad have joined Sena. The party also inducted Rajesh Doshi, the deputy head of BJP’s Gujarati wing from Kandivli. Other Gujarati leaders who entered the Shiv Sena include Kumar Jain from Zaveri Bazaar, Kamlesh Chitroda from Dharavi, Jignesh Bhuta from Borivli west, Dhaval Shah from Matunga and producer Tejas Gohil.