Yuva Sena President Aditya Thackeray was on Tuesday elevated to the position of Shiv Sena leader. In the meeting, called on the birth anniversary of Party founder Balasaheb Thackeray, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party announced that Aaditya will now be included as a member of Shiv Sena's National Executive. Sources within the party tell Republic TV that Aaditya will play a key role in ‘changing the fortunes’ of the party.
Furthermore, during the course of the meeting, in a massive announcement, Sena leader Sanjay Raut added that the party will break their alliance with the BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. He said the party will win at least 25 Lok Sabha seats (out of a total 48 in Maharashtra) and 125 Assembly seats (out of a total 288) in the state. Shiv Sena has been the oldest alliance partner of the NDA.
Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “I moved the resolution for the Shiv Sena to fight the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls on its own in 2019”
Following the newsbreak, Maharashtra CM CM Devendra Fadnavis told ANI, "Let's wait, they have been saying many things, as of now we are in alliance in the Government and this government will complete its term"
Meanwhile, Tuesday marks Shiv Sena's founder Bal Thackeray's 91st birth anniversary. Thackeray, who had been an influential figure in Maharashtra, began his professional career as a cartoonist with the English language daily 'The Free Press Journal' in Mumbai, but left it in 1960 to form his own political weekly 'Marmik'.