Mumbai: Shiv Sena, a junior partner of the Bharatiya Janata Party at the centre and in Maharashtra, on Wednesday said that Aditya Thackeray, president of party’s youth wing Yuva Sena and son of party president Uddhav Thackeray, will play a larger role in the party and may enter electoral politics.

“Aditya has a keen interest in legislative politics. He is a person who is compassionate and interested in solving people’s problem," said party legislator Neelam Gorhe.

If Aditya decides to contest elections, he will be first Thackeray to enter electoral politics and become people’s representative. His grandfather and founder of Sena Bal Thackeray refused to contest any election and hold any office and when Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in the state during 1995-1999. Thackeray had then said that he has remote control of the government in his hand.

Present party president Uddhav Thackeray, though hinted of having ambition to be a chief minister, has not contested an election to state assembly so far. Even Aditya’s uncle Raj Thackeray who runs rival Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has stayed away from contesting polls.

“Thackeray’s family’s charisma was built upon fact that, they never contested an election or sought any public office for themselves and if indeed Aditya decides to take a plunge in electoral politics, it will be turning point in Thackeray families politics," said Prakash Akolkar, political editor of Marathi newspaper Sakal and author of book on Sena Jai Maharashtra.

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