Aggressive Aaditya Thackeray leads a counterattack on rebels while Sena is in crisis

Aaditya Thackeray is leading a counter-attack as Shiv Sena faces the most difficult crisis since its inception . Aaditya, 32, has addressed party workers at many locations, from Karjat, Raigad district, to Sena strongholds Byculla, Kalina, and Dadar in Mumbai .

MUMBAI: Maharashtra minister and the party's youth wing leader Aaditya Thackeray is leading a counter-attack as the Shiv Sena faces the most difficult crisis since its inception with a majority of legislators revolting.In the last few days, the Thackeray family scion, which is also known as Senas new suave face, has changed tone and tenor.When Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray urged rebel lawmakers who are camping in Guwahati to return, their leader, Eknath Shinde, said that while the Sena chief was seeking reconciliation, his son Aaditya had referred to them as dirt from a nullah.Aaditya, 32, has addressed party workers at many locations, from Karjat, in the nearby Raigad district, to Sena strongholds Byculla, Kalina, and Dadar in Mumbai, with 39 Sena MLAs deserting the Thackerays.

The Thackerays bid a grand farewell to their personal residence Matoshree on the night before leaving Varsha, the chief minister's official residence, and returning to their personal residence Matoshree.To pacify the throngs, Aaditya emerged from Matoshree and waved at partygoers as he gestured his fist.In his speeches, he has branded the rebel MLAs traitors.The party has sank with the dust.

When allegations of violence against his father are directed at him, Shiv Sena MLC Manisha Kayande says he is bound to spearhead the assault against the rebels.Ravindra Waikar, a Sena MLA who is close to the Thackerays and who is still by their side, said there is anger against the rebels and Aaditya has been meeting with party staff and mobilizing support.Aaditya has been leading the party in a certain way for the past few months, according to Sanjay Patil, a researcher at the University of Mumbai's Department of Civics and Politics.Last November, the chief minister underwent a spine surgery and operated from home for several weeks.

In 2019, Aaditya became the second member of the Thackeray family to contest elections.His aunt Shalini had contested an election on Maharashtra's Navnirman Sena's ticket, led by his estranged uncle Raj Thackeray.After abandoning the BJP, Sena formed an unlikely alliance with Congress and the NCP in 2019.Aaditya Thackeray, a first-time MLA, was elected minister in his fathers cabinet and given responsibility for the departments of Tourism, Environment, and Protocol.

Since becoming a minister, Aaditya has also been accused of smuggling around Mumbai's elite circles rather than relating to the Senas mass base.Last month, BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis branded him a Mercedes baby who cannot comprehend the struggle of the Karsevaks who took part in the Ayodhya protest.Thackeray was accused of mocking Fadnavis' assertion that he was present when the Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992, according to Thackeray.These Mercedes babies were born with a golden spoon in the mouth, never had to face any difficulties, nor did they see any struggles, as Fadnavis had said.