Always knew Balasaheb would appoint Uddhav as successor: Joshi

Last Updated: Friday, October 2, 2009 - 18:46

New Delhi: Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi has
said he always knew his party supremo Bal Thackeray was more
fond of son Uddhav and would anoint him, and not his nephew
Raj, as successor.

"I have seen both Uddhav and Raj Thackeray since their
childhood. It was always evident from Balasaheb`s affection
towards Uddhav that he will be appointed as the executive
president of the party," Joshi, the former Speaker of Lok
Sabha, said in an interview to Star News channel.
Raj (41) had fashioned himself on the lines of Bal
Thackeray`s style of functioning and was considered to be the
likely successor to his uncle. However, Bal Thackeray chose
his son Uddhav (49) as his successor. This led to a rift in
Shiv Sena with Raj forming his own party, Maharashtra
Navnirman Sena.

In the ensuing assembly elections in Maharashtra, the
rivalry between the two cousins has come out in the open with
both of them speaking against each other. MNS had eaten into
Shiv Sena and its ally BJP`s votebank in the Lok Sabha polls.
This has, however, benefited Congress.
Raj has targeted the North Indian migrants in Mumbai,
saying they take away jobs and sources of livelihood of
locals. Uddhav and BJP, too, have spoken out against migrants.

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First Published: Friday, October 2, 2009 - 18:46

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