Shiv Sena hints at larger political role for Aditya Thackeray


AdityaSenior Shiv Sena politician and MLC Neelam Gorhe said that party workers want party Chief Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aditya Thackeray, to take up full time politics and represent people in the Legislative Assembly.

“Aditya has a keen interest in legislative politics. He is a person who cares deeply for the people and wants to do something for them by solving their problems. He has started contributing immensely to the party and his work will be definitely helpful as an MLA. We expect more from him now,” Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe said.

Incidentally, if Aditya stands for elections, he will be the first person from the Thackeray family to so, since the family has always preferred to control the government from behind the curtains, ever since the Sena came into existence.

Another Sena MLA, who requested anonymity said the junior Thackeray’s meeting with state Education Minister Vinod Tawde at the Vidhan Bhavan was not merely to discuss provision of electronic learning tablets to students, but also to understand more about workings of the Vidhan Bhavan.

“Uddhav generally keeps very close tabs on happenings in the Assembly session through various sources and gives overall guidance to Sena legislators. Aditya too has started understanding functioning of the Assembly as well. His visit today was a part of it,” the legislator said.

Gorhe said Aditya has a fair amount of knowledge about sectors like education, higher education, technology and urban development which would be useful to serve the people.

“The Prime Minister will address all the issues related to the state, including Vikramshila University, Barauni fertiliser plant, 4000 MW electricity for Bihar and rail bridges among others, at the rally. Lakhs of people are expected to listen to him,” he said.

Yadav, who is also a Rajya Sabha member said the agenda of BJP poll campaign will be to highlight “the failure of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad combine” and their government in the sphere of law and order, economic development, health and all other sectors of socio-economic development.

He reiterated that BJP has always been in support of Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) and has not changed its stand.

At present, only the first set of data revealing the socio-economic condition of rural population have been released. Data related to urban living and caste will be released in the coming days.

Yadav also lambasted Prasad over his agitation demanding release of caste census figures and advised him “not to try to become a martyr by just getting his nails clipped” as the Union government was taking care of everything.

Asked about special package and special status for the state, he said the BJP was “positive about them”.