Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray’s grandson Nihar Thackeray on Friday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde in Mumbai.
Shinde said that Nihar Thackeray expressed his support for the ruling alliance in the state during the meeting. “On this occasion, I heartily welcomed him and gave my best wishes for his future social and political endeavours,” he added.
वंदनीय हिंदुहृदयसम्राट शिवसेनाप्रमुख बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांचे नातू व बिंदूमाधव ठाकरे यांचे सुपुत्र निहार ठाकरे यांनी आज भेट घेऊन युती सरकारला समर्थन जाहीर केले. याप्रसंगी त्यांचे मनापासून स्वागत करित भावी सामाजिक व राजकीय कारकिर्दीकरिता शुभेच्छा दिल्या.#NiharBindumadhavThackeray pic.twitter.com/2Li3q70w8A
— Eknath Shinde – एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) July 29, 2022
The meeting came amid a battle between factions led by Shinde and former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to be recognised as the real Shiv Sena.
Nihar Thackeray’s father, Bindumadhav Thackeray, was the eldest son of the Shiv Sena founder. Bindumadhav died in a car accident in 1996.
Nihar is a lawyer and is married to Bharatiya Janata Party leader Harshvardhan Patil’s daughter Ankita Patil, according to NDTV. He has not been active in politics.
The split in the Shiv Sena took place in June when Shinde rebelled against the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi government – a coalition of the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress.
Subsequently, the coalition was ousted from power as the…