Always knew Balasaheb would appoint Uddhav as successor: Joshi
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Last Updated: Friday, October 02, 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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 02, 2009, 18:46

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