Updated: August 8, 2021 1:43:30 pm
In a front page advertisement in its mouthpiece, Saamana, the Shiv Sena on Saturday compared Tejas Thackeray, the younger son of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, to cricket legend Vivian Richards even as party leaders dismissed any speculations about his political debut in the near future.
The advertisement issued by Sena secretary Milind Narvekar and released on the occasion of Tejas’s 26th birthday carries the latter’s picture juxtaposed with that of Richards in his popular cricket pose.
“Aaditya Thackeray (the CM’s older son) has the qualities of Sunil Gavaskar… he has patience. But Tejas is aggressive like Richards…He is aggressive as well as decisive,” Narvekar told a television news channel. “The release of the advertisement should not be linked with politics…it is a family matter,” he said.
When asked whether the Sena was preparing for Tejas’s debut on the political pitch, Shiv Sena’s chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut said, “I will only say that he is a very good wildlife researcher and a conservationist…”
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Ashish Shelar said, “If another Thackeray is coming to politics, he is welcome…Youth, especially educated youths should join politics, there will be more transparency.”
Unlike Aaditya, 31, who started dabbling in politics from a much younger age, Tejas has had his focus firm on photography and wildlife research. He is credited with discovering 11 specimens of crabs. A rat snake spicemen, which he had discovered, has been named after him.
Long back, his grandfather and the late Sena supremo, Bal Thackeray, had also praised Tejas during one of his speeches.
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