Shiv Sainik will be real aspirant for CM's post: Uddhav

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Mumbai, Jun 19 (UNI) In a statement with far reaching political impact, Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray stated in his party mouthpiece 'Saamna' that the real aspirant for the Chief Ministership in the Sena-BJP alliance will be a 'Shiv Sainik'.

The Maharashtra Assembly elections are due in October 2009.

''In last three years, I have realised who is a friend and a foe,'' said the junior Thackeray.

It may be recalled that three years ago, Narayan Rane and later Raj Thackeray left Shiv Sena giving big jolts to the party.

However, the party survived later.

Mr Thackeray's statement about Chief Minister's post was also significant as in 1995, Shiv Sena made Manohar Joshi the Chief Minister and later Narayan Rane.

Presently, Mr Joshi is MP in Rajya Sabha. Mr Uddhav's name is also taken in the political circles as a possible candidate for the Chief Minister's post if the alliance comes to power.

Shiv Sena will be celebrating its 42nd anniversary today at Shanmukhananda hall.

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