Just a few days ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections, Shiv Sena (SS) leader Aaditya Thackeray went on a morning walk at the Worli Sea face in Mumbai on Friday, October 18. Speaking exclusively to Republic, Thackeray divulged his party's stance on the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) bank scam. Mentioning that a delegation of SS Members of Parliament (MPs) had met the RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das and sought his intervention, Thackeray sympathized with the people who had lost their hard-earned money. Furthermore, he revealed that he was not interested in any position at the moment.
He said, "But, for me, I am just not running behind any particular post right now. Because I have seen many people running behind posts and not enjoying what they are doing." On the PMC bank scam, Thackeray opined, "Our MPs actually have written to the RBI Governor. They met him also and sought his intervention and action on it. Because it is a scam that has larger implications than just these arrests because there are people who have not got their money back. Of course, legal action should happen. Whoever has to be brought to justice, has to be brought to justice. People have lost their money. It is all hard-earned money. Some of our own MLAs and their families have lost their money. So one of my MLA has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL). His daughter has filed a PIL."
On this occasion, he interacted with several people, including the members of a laughter club. Writing on the microblogging website Twitter, Thackeray described his walk as “lovely”. Furthermore, he revealed he had received blessings from many people. The first among the Thackeray family to contest elections, he filed his nomination from the Worli constituency.
A lovely morning walk at Worli sea face. It was just so nice to receive such love and blessings from all those walking there. And then the laughter club too! A pleasure meeting all this morning pic.twitter.com/HdMPFjjoz7— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) October 18, 2019
In the 2014 Assembly elections, SS, BJP, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), as well as Congress, fought the election separately. Worli saw an engrossing battle, with a strong incumbent Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Sachin Ahir getting trounced by the SS candidate Sunil Shinde. The latter got nearly 23,000 more votes than Ahir. The BJP's Sunil Rane came third. Recently, NCP leader Ahir joined the SS. According to the Republic- Jan Ki Baat Opinion poll, Thackeray is expected to win the election comfortably. Suresh Mane is his principal opponent.
The police registered a First Information Report (FIR) against the top officials of the PMC bank and the promoters of the Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL). According to the prosecution, the bank continued giving loans to the debt-ridden HDIL from 2008 to 2019 despite the previous loans not being repaid. This caused a loss of nearly Rs 4,355 crore. Several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) such as criminal breach of trust, cheating, and forgery have been invoked against the accused.