Shivsena admits it compromised on seat sharing with BJP “for welfare of Maharashtra”

Uddhav Thackeray opened up about his son Aaditya Thackeray participating in electoral politics, it does not mean I am retiring from responsibilities

Mumbai: Today ShivSena chief Uddhav Thackeray admitted that he has compromised on the seat-sharing pact with the BJP for the Maharashtra polls which are going to be held on October 21 but insisted that it was “for the welfare of the Maharashtra”.

Earlier Sena had been pressing for at least 135 seats during last month with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but later settled down for 124 and two seats in the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the saffron party’s quota. In an interview with Sena’s mouthpiece, Saamana Uddhav Thackeray quoted that he had shown “maturity” in dealing with its old alliance partner.

On Aaditya Thackeray

Uddhav Thackeray also spoke very openly about his son Aaditya Thackeray participating in electoral politics, adding that it does not mean he is retiring from responsibilities. The Sena chief’s son Aaditya Thackeray is entering electoral politics from Worli constituency in Mumbai, and the October 21 state polls are being seen as a litmus test for the ShivSena, whether it can bank on the young leader’s popularity to win the public mandate.

“Aaditya contesting the Assembly election does not necessarily mean I am retiring from active politics. I am very much into politics,”. I am not going to do farming,” he said sarcastically, in an apparent reference to NCP leader Ajit Pawar who recently resigned as an MLA and advised his son to prefer farming or business over politics.

Put a check on “Modi Wave”

Thackeray also claimed that in 2014, when the Sena and BJP snapped alliances ahead of the Assembly polls, his party put a check on the ‘Modi wave’ which had swept the country.

“There is no point in discussing the reasons behind the BJP and Sena contesting separately in 2014. It was a war. There was a ‘wave’ at the national level, but our party put a check on it in Maharashtra,”. “Despite being in power, we have always raised voice for the cause of the common man,” he added.

Uddhav Thackeray also earlier said that it was his father Bal Thackeray’s dream to install ShivSena’s CM in the state of Maharashtra.
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