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Will Uddhav Thackeray be Maharashtra CM if MVA wins Assembly Elections? Sanjay Raut responds

The Shiv Sena UBT contested the recently-concluded Lok Sabha Elections in alliance with the Congress and NCP SP. However, Thackeray-led party's strike rate was the lowest among the MVA allies in the elections.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 Mumbai Published on: June 14, 2024 19:36 IST
Uddhav Thackeray, Sanjay Raut, Maharashtra Assembly elections, MVA
Image Source : PTI Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray with party MP Sanjay Raut

Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance would take a call on the chief minister’s post after the Maharashtra Assembly elections due in October this year, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut said on Friday (June 14). His remarks came while responding to a query if Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray will head the government if the opposition alliance -- which includes NCP(SP) and Congress -- regains power. Notably, Thackeray was the chief minister in the previous government in the state after he formed a post-poll alliance with the rivals Congress and NCP in 2019.

"Let the elections take place. We will win the polls and then decide," Raut told reporters.

The MVA outperformed the ruling coalition of BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP in the Lok Sabha elections, winning 30 of the 48 parliamentary seats in Maharashtra. However, among the MVA allies, Thackeray’s Sena had the lowest strike rate. The Uddhav Thackeray-led UBT party contested the highest 21 seats but won only nine. The Congress and Sharad Pawar-led NCP contested 17 and 10 seats, and won 13 and 8, respectively.

Vishal Patil, Congress leader from Sangli, won as an independent and extended support to the Grand Old Party later.

Earlier this week, Raut had claimed the Opposition alliance would win 180-185 of 288 Assembly seats.

(With PTI inputs)

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