Mumbai, It seems that the Shiv Sena’s dream of installing a Maharashtra chief minister from within its ranks is finally on its way to becoming a reality.
The political party of erstwhile Maratha strongman Bal Thackeray had created some high voltage political drama after the assembly elections in order to persuade the BJP to agree to a 50-50 formula to share the CM post.
But now, it seems that the Shiv Sena may well realise its demands.
According to a report, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have told the Shiv Sena that they wouldn’t want anyone other than party chief Uddhav Thackeray chief minister candidate for a coalition government.
“During deliberations, Congress and NCP leaders have made it clear to the Sena that Uddhav should be their CM choice in order to ensure stability,’’ a senior Congressman was quoted as saying
If this proposal becomes a reality, then it will be the first time that a member of the Thackeray clan will take the CM’s post in Maharashtra.
Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe informed that the party’s rank and file want Thackeray to be the CM.
“We Shivsainiks and legislators all strongly feel and would be happy if Uddhavji takes over as CM and leads the state. Considering his political journey, over the last 20 years, he has proactively faced all the challenges while taking the party ahead. So, we feel the time has come that he should take up the responsibility as the first citizen of the state,” Gorhe told.
“He is aware of various issues and takes them to a logical conclusion, from anganwadi workers to farmers’ distress and the plastic ban to improvements in education. He is the first choice of Shivsainiks,” she added.