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Uddhav airs CM ambitions: If people want, I’ll lead state

Uddhav, also said he was not dreaming of the chief minister's post, but will not shy away from responsibility.

Uddhav, whose relation with BJP is under strain over seat-sharing for the assembly poll, also sought to assert the pre-eminence of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra politics. Source: PTI
Uddhav, whose relation with BJP is under strain over seat-sharing for the assembly poll, also sought to assert the pre-eminence of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra politics. (Source: PTI photo)

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Saturday expressed his desire to occupy the chief minister’s post in Maharashtra, which is going to polls on October 15.

Thackeray, who was participating in a programme in Mumbai hosted by a TV channel, said, “I don’t day-dream or hanker for power. But if I get an opportunity to head the state, I will not shy away from the responsibility.”

“In the Lok Sabha polls, the people of India wanted change. Narendra Modi emerged as an alternative face, which was acceptable to the people.

Similarly, in Maharashtra, the people are looking for a change. If people repose their confidence in me, I will surely lead the state,” the Shiv Sena president said while fielding questions from other participants in the programme. “After all, I am son of Bal Thackeray. I have always firmly stood for a cause and delivered results. I have never run away from any responsibilities,” he said.

On the seat-sharing negotiations with the ally BJP, Thackeray said, “There is nothing like big brother or small brother. We believe each alliance partner should be treated with dignity and given their due.”

Taking a dig at his rivals (read MNS chief Raj Thackeray), he said, “Even I live along the seashore. I have seen waves rolling. I am used to taking waves in my stride. I don’t run away from problems.”

The Sena and BJP, which entered into an alliance 25 years ago, had set a formula that whichever of the two parties won more seats in the Assembly polls would stake the claim for chief ministerial post.

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