ONLY SHINDE, NO SHINDIG

India Today - - UPFRONT -

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.

MANDAR DEODHAR

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