ONLY SHINDE, NO SHINDIG
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut projected Aditya Thackeray as the future chief minister on his 29th birthday on June 13. Delighted with the praise he was getting within the party, the Thackeray scion greeted party workers and ministers at the celebration. The mood changed soon after with the arrival of PWD minister Eknath Shinde with 40 MLAs in tow. The message was clear: he was the natural choice should Shiv Sena get an opportunity to lead the state. The Sena chose to drop its claim on the deputy CM’s post when CM Devendra Fadnavis expanded his cabinet on June 16. Thackeray Jr will have to wait, it looks like.