‘s son Aaditya, the first elected representative from the Thackeray family, may act as the ‘shadow CM’ instead of being part of the cabinet led by his father, sources said.
A Sena functionary said that two persons from the same family occupying cabinet berths could affect the image of the party, so Aaditya may not take up a cabinet position though he will be very much a part of the top team in the party and in the Sena-led government. Keeping Aaditya away from the cabinet could also be beneficial from the party point of view, the functionary said, as the 29-year-old Thackeray scion could facilitate talks and solve issues at the organisation level. He could also visit various districts to interact with the party cadre across the state, said the functionary.
Aaditya was elected from the Worli constituency and took oath as a debutant legislator along with other MLAs at Vidhan Bhavan on Wednesday.
Apart from Eknath Shinde, who will be sworn in today, contenders for ministerial posts from the Sena include MLAs Sanjay Rathod and Ashish Jaiswal from Vidarbha, Dada Bhuse and Tanaji Sawant from Marathwada, Gulabrao Patil and Dadaji Bhuse from North Maharashtra, Shambhuraj Desai and Prakash Abitkar from Western Maharashtra, Pratap Sarnaik (in addition to Shinde) from the Thane-Palghar belt.
Other contenders are Anil Parab, Ravindra Waikar and Diwakar Raote from Mumbai.