The political scenario in Maharashtra paced up as the state is gearing up for the upcoming assembly elections. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray on Friday, October 4, addressed a joint press conference in Mumbai. Both leaders were joined by other party members, including Shiv Sena Scion Aaditya Thackeray. During his address to the media, Fadnavis lauded Aaditya Thackeray who is set to make his electoral debut by contesting the elections from Worli.
During the course of his address, Devendra Fadnavis stowed his confidence in Aaditya Thackeray and declared that he would win with the highest margin in Mumbai. Putting his weight behind Thackeray, he said:
"Soon Aaditya Thackeray will join us in the Vidhan Sabha. I would like to assure that in Mumbai, the highest number of votes will be bagged by Aaditya Thackeray." said Fadnavis.
Talking about the saffron allies' seat-sharing formula, Fadnavis declared that Shiv Sena will contest the polls from 124 constituencies while the BJP will contest from 150 constituencies. In addition, the allies will contest from 14 constituencies. The CM also said all allies of the BJP will contest under the BJP symbol. However, Fadnavis refuted claims of Aaditya Thackeray being considered for the Chief Ministerial candidate.
"Our allies are contesting in 14 constituencies. Shiv Sena is fighting in 124 constituencies and in the remaining seats we (BJP) are contesting. This is our seat-sharing formula," said Fadnavis.
Earlier on Thursday, Aaditya Thackeray filed his nomination to contest from Mumbai's Worli constituency. He also declared his assets worth as 16 crores in the affidavit. The Yuva Sena chief declared that he owns Rs 11.38 crore worth movable assets and Rs 4.67 crore worth immovable assets. As per the affidavit submitted by Aaditya Thackeray, he owns bank deposits worth Rs 10.36 crore, and bond shares Rs 20.39 lakhs. Furthermore, he owns a BMW car worth Rs 6.5 lakh, along with jewellery and other valuables worth Rs 64.64 lakh. Aaditya Thackeray has stated that he does not have any criminal cases against him.
Maharashtra which has 288 Assembly seats will go to polls on October 21, 2019. Maharashtra assembly elections will be held in a single-phase and the counting procedure would be conducted on October 24. The last date of nomination is on Friday. EC informed that the parties in Maharashtra had wanted the polls to be concluded by Dhanteras.