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    Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray faces acid test as he charts new course for Sena

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    Uddhav Thackeray, 59, a regional leader, stood up and held his ground against a national party (BJP) over tussle for sharing power, a political analyst said on condition of anonymity. Now, he will have to prove his credentials as a leader who can navigate a new political path with parties like the Congress and NCP, which are ideologically different.

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    Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray
    MUMBAI: With the Maharashtra governor inviting the Shiv Sena to stake claim, party chief Uddhav Thackeray now faces the biggest test of his political life to form a Sena-led government in the state, if the Congress and NCP decide to support him.

    Thackeray, 59, a regional leader, stood up and held his ground against a national party (BJP) over tussle for sharing power, a political analyst said on condition of anonymity.

    Now, he will have to prove his credentials as a leader who can navigate a new political path with parties like the Congress and NCP, which are ideologically different, he said.

    "The tie-up will be with a national party and it remains to be seen how he will convince (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi to support him. Will he soften the fiery Hindutva stand, which the Shiv Sena espouses, or will that be an obstacle, the coming days will tell," the analyst said.

    Another challenge for Thackeray will be whether to accept the post of chief minister, though there has been a clamour from some segments to project first time MLA and his son Aaditya as the party's chief ministerial face.

    "There could be a crisis in the party if someone else is made (CM). There could be differences if another leader is appointed the chief minister," the analyst said.

    While Thackeray has shown political sagacity and maturity, the BJP will not sit quiet and may try to topple a Sena-led government, he claimed.
    "Uddhav will have to keep his flock of MLAs together," he said.

    Twenty years ago, Thackeray was seen as a reluctant politician, living a cosy life with his wife Rashmi and sons Aaditya and Tejas.

    The Sena leader, for whom photography is a passion, had set up an advertising agency called 'Chaurang'.

    Like Rajiv Gandhi, who started out in politics by helping his mother Indira Gandhi, Uddhav Thackeray began assisting his father Bal Thackeray at a time when the firebrand Sena patriarch was aging and the party's sphere was expanding, the analyst said.

    Amid new developments in the state's political arena after the recent Assembly polls, Thackeray's ability to lead his party with its traditional street-fighter aggression would now face an acid test, he added.
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    7 Comments on this Story

    Ravindran Subramanyam344 days ago
    Udhav Thackeray is harvesting the grim seeds of utter hatred and venom against the prime minister of India - Narendra Modi and NDA in the form of no support from any of the political opponents!!!!! Thus instead of facing an acid test, acid has been thrown on his face in the form of a resounding slap of non support from the deshdrohi parties NCP ( who will file even false affidavits for muslim appeasement and had unsavoury relations with D - company and Pakistani terrorists) and Congress ( who tried to white wash the horrendous 26 / 11 as a RSS plot and Hindu terror, filed false affidavit to prove the innocence of Ishrat Jehan). Whatever little credibility and respect Shivsena had with the Maharashtra electorate is now gone. However, the casual laid back attitude of Maharashtra electorate''s "forgive and forget attitude" enabled Congress and NCP to get 44 and 54 seats respectively!!!! They richly deserve this political imbroglio. Had they overwhelmingly voted for BJP such an impasse may not have happened. Now the venomous guns of Shivsena will fall silent as they do not have any issue to write about being blinded by acid on their faces!!!!! Better Udhavji should travel all over India for introspection and reality check and concentrate on his photography instead!!!!!!!!!
    K L344 days ago
    How a leader like him could make such a blunder, good bless UT.
    Skanda B344 days ago
    He couldn''t handle the acid, he ended with a scalded face.
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