Aaditya Thackeray joins dad in Maharashtra ministry


Mumbai: Aaditya Thackeray, who became the first member of his family to take poll plunge and was on Monday sworn in as minister in the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance government led by his father, is expected to play a more important role in the government and party.

The 29-year-old won the October 21 Assembly polls with a thumping majority from Mumbai’s Worli constituency.

The Yuva Sena leader is now likely to make his party, which was rooted in the ‘sons of the soil’ agenda and later embraced the Hindutva ideology, more inclusive and broad- based.

In run up to the polls, he conducted several roadshows, foot marches and raised issues like cutting of trees in Aarey Colony and Mumbai’s nightlife and said he wants to make the constituency a “model of development”.

He also reached out to non-Marathi voters in the constituency to romp home a big win.

A pass out of the Bombay Scottish School in suburban Mahim, Aaditya is a graduate in English Literature from St Xavier’s College and has a law degree from K C College.

He has always managed to keep himself abreast of civic issues and concerns of youth in the state.

The Maharashtra government’s decision to ban plastic is partly credited to his campaign against the widespread use of the material.

He also proposed the revival of Mumbai’s nightlife by allowing malls and restaurants to be open all night.(PTI)