Putting a full stop to the high voltage drama in Maharashtra politics, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray will be the new Chief Minister of the state.
Forming an alliance with NCP and Congress, Thackeray will take the oath of office and secrecy at 6:40 pm on November 28th, 2019 at the Shivaji Park in Dadar.
Thackeray on November 26th, 2019 addressing a presser expressed his gratitude to the Congress party in trusting him. He said, “I feel regret and surprise about one thing — the people with whom we had allied for 30 years didn’t trust me, but the people against whom we fought for 30 years showed trust in my leadership. I have learned today what I gained and what I lost.”
As Maharashtra will get its new Chief Minister after a few hours, let’s know a little more about Thackeray.
- Uddhav Thackeray is the son of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.
- He is keen in photography and has exhibited his collection of aerial shots of various forts which included forts of Maharashtra in the year 2004.
- Thackeray will be the first in line from his family to hold a constitutional post.
- Uddhav Thackeray is the youngest son of Bal Thackery and Meenatai and he was a late entrant into politics.
- Thackeray’s first brush with politics was in 1985 when the party came to power in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
- He is a graduate from the prestigious JJ Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai.
- After the death of Bal Thackeray in 2012, the party workers believed that Uddhav won’t be able to lead the party. But, he proved everyone wrong and managed to deal with all the challenges including the ascent of BJP.
- In 2014, with the Modi wave catching the grip of the country, the Sena managed to win 63 seats, which was an increase of 21 seats as compared to the 2009 polls under his leadership.
- In 2019, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Thackeray decided to partner with the BJP but claimed that it was an equal alliance.
- Uddhav is not a member of either of the House of the state legislature.
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