Amid reports of an uneasy truce between the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has cleared his stand on the alliance and the prospect of a party member becoming chief minister in the upcoming Maharashtra assembly polls.
In a three-part interview to Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Uddhav Thackeray that the alliance with BJP is 'purely ideological' as it is based on Hindutva.
ON SHIV SENA CM
While he remained mum on what portfolios have been divided between the BJP and the Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray said that "power and responsibilities will be shared equally".
"We have shown maturity [in forming alliance]. When the alliance was formed for the Lok Sabha elections it was announced that that power and responsibilities will be shared equally. Once the government is formed on October 24, then people will come to know. I'm sure BJP will keep its word," Uddhav Thackeray.
However, Thackeray reiterated the promise made to his father Bal Thackeray that one day a Shiv Sena worker will become Maharashtra CM.
"I gave a word to my father that one day I will make a Shiv Sena CM...till that is achieved I won't sit quietly. I don't need any permission for fulfilling it...Maharashtra will get a Shiv Sena CM," Uddhav Thackeray declared.
AADITYA FOR CM?
While Uddhav Thackeray stressed on keeping his vow to his father, he did not seem to be in a hurry to fulfil the promise through son Aaditya Thackeray.
Aaditya, who is the first Thackeray to contest elections, has been seen as many as the Sena's CM or deputy CM candidate.
But father Uddhav has now cleared the air on Aaditya Thackeray's chief ministerial aspirations.
"Aaditya is contesting elections but that doesn't mean that he will immediately become CM or deputy CM...he wants to take some legislative experience. He is interested in that," Uddhav told Saamana editor Sanjay Raut.
Maharashtra will go to elections on October 21 and results for the assembly polls will be announced on October 24.