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Never dreamed of leading Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray

The decision to elect Thackeray as nominee for CM’s post was taken at a joint meeting of the three parties at a suburban hotel in Mumbai, hours after the four-day-old BJP government led by Devendra Fadnavis and supported by NCP’s Ajit Pawar collapsed.

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MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance on Tuesday announced Uddhav Thackeray as their nominee for the Maharashtra chief minister’s post. Uddhav Thackeray, who would be the first member of his family to occupy the top political post, said his government will not seek “revenge” against anyone. “I will go to Delhi to meet my ‘elder brother’ after the government is formed,” Thackeray said, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had called him “my younger brother” during campaign rallies. The decision to elect Thackeray as nominee for CM’s post was taken at a joint meeting of the three parties at a suburban hotel in Mumbai, hours after the four-day-old BJP government led by Devendra Fadnavis and supported by NCP’s Ajit Pawar collapsed. Speaking at the meeting, Thackeray evoked memories of his father and late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray. He also thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “I want to thank Sonia ji also. Parties with different ideologies have come together … those who were friends for 30 years, did not trust us. But those against whom we fought for 30 years have trusted me,” Thackeray said. “I had never dreamed of leading the state. We are giving a new direction to country by keeping faith on each other,” he said. Common people should think of this government as their own, he said.”The fight is not personal … my government will not work in a vindictive way,” Thackeray said.Without naming the former ally BJP with whom the Sena had a bitter falling out after contesting the October 21 assembly elections together, Thackeray said he would not align with those who speak lies.

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