Bal Thackeray's Sena family through generations

Nov 17 2012, 19:43 IST
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SummarySaffron flags, wall hanging of a roaring tiger face with ‘Jai Maharashtra’ inscribed below and other such popular Shiv Sena symbols are conspicuous with their absence at the 300 sq feet Sawant residence.

elected as a corporator, there is no salary of sorts, even for shakha pramukhs. In fact we put in our own money for party activities, travelling etc,” he said. Sawants own an electrical appliance store and are also into real estate consultancy.

Talking about major defections in the party such as Narayan Rane, Jaywant Parab and Raj Thackeray, Sawants say that most supporters who left these leaders came back to Sena, sooner or later. About the two Senas coming together in the future, the family says in unison, “Raj and Uddhav should come together to avoid division of Marathi votes.” Talking about Uddhav’s mellow approach and demeanor as compared to his father and his moderate thoughts, Walawalkar said, “Uddhav’s tendency has been to involve more educated people in the party and adopt a softer stand. But these things do not affect our affiliation towards the party.”

Taking on from his parents and grandparents, Prashant was pulled into Sena activities by default. “We have handled a number of students’ issues with Aaditya saheb. The Chinai college issue and solving admissions related problems for locals are some of them,” he said.

As of now, the next big task for the family is to work towards the 2014 assembly elections. “People are fed up of the Congress rule. We are confident of winning the assembly elections this time around,” said Prashant.

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