Ahead of the bypolls, the presence of Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray's son Tejas at an election rally on Wednesday fuelled speculation of his political moves. However, it was later dismissed by his father. The Sena president, in his campaign speech, said Tejas, younger sibling of party leader Aaditya Thackeray, had come on the stage merely to watch the rally, held at Sangamner in Ahmednagar district.
Dismissing the rumors, Uddhav Thackeray said, "Tejas has only come to watch the rally. He is more at home in the forest." Tejas Thackeray was in the news recently after a new species of snakes, discovered in the Western Ghats, was named Boiga Thackeray (Thackeray's cat snake) after him, for his contribution to the find. In 2016, Tejas was credited with the discovery of three new species of freshwater crabs, endemic to the Western Ghats. The find involved many field trips across coastal Konkan, Satara, Kolhapur and Ahmednagar districts.
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray will be contesting the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly Polls from the Worli constituency, as confirmed by Shiv Sena. He will become the first member of the Thackeray family to contest elections, and if he wins, the first member to represent the people. When Aditya Thackeray announced his candidacy, Tejas also appeared on the platform.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address 13 election rallies across Maharashtra and Haryana as both the states are will soon go to polls. The Prime Minister will start the rallies four days before the last date of election campaigning, and address 9 rallies in Maharashtra and 4 rallies in Haryana. Apart from the Prime Minister, other BJP leaders like Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani and Yogi Adityanath will also address rallies for the polls in both the states.
(With Inputs from PTI)