With Maharashtra assembly polls underway, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, along with Shiv Sena's Worli candidate and son Aaditya Thackeray turned up at the poll booth in Bandra East to exercise their franchise. Aaditya, the first from the Thackeray family to contest elections was widely speculated to hold the post of deputy chief minister in the state, with BJP's Devendra Fadnavis seeking a second term. However, while speaking to Republic TV just two days ago, Aaditya Thackeray stated that he had no aspirations for a 'particular post.'
After casting his vote in Mumbai, Shiv Sena chief urged people to do the same for the sake of Maharashtra's bright future saying, "I just cast my vote along with my family. I would like to urge people to vote because it is not just for you, but the bright future of Maharashtra."
While speaking to Republic TV on October 18. Shiv Sena Yuva chief Aaditya Thackeray had called Worli a 'reflection of Maharashtra' when he was questioned over his decision to pick the particular constituency, further elaborating on the diversity of Worli.
In Maharashtra, where the 'Mahayuti' alliance of BJP, Shiv Sena and smaller parties is against the 'Maha-agadhi' led by the Congress and the NCP. In the saffron alliance, BJP will be contesting on 150 seats, and Shiv Sena will fight on 124 seats in Maharashtra. Alliance partners of BJP have fielded 14 candidates on the party's lotus symbol. Meanwhile, the Congress is contesting the polls in alliance with the NCP. Both parties are contesting on 125 seats each in the 288-member Assembly and its allies on the remaining 38 seats.
The opposition tried to corner the BJP governments at the Centre and in the states on the handling of the economy with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi blaming the ruling party for the economic slowdown and unemployment and highlighting issues like "failure" of demonetisation and GST rollout. While PM Modi addressed nine rallies across the state, Rahul Gandhi spoke at six public meetings. The campaign also saw an undertone of jostling for supremacy between the BJP and the Sena, which had fought the last assembly elections separately, winning 122 and 63 seats respectively. The Congress had bagged 42 and the NCP 41 seats. In the April-May Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-Sena alliance won 41 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, while the Congress won one and NCP four seats.
(With PTI inputs)