With his father and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray ailing, his chosen heir Uddhav Thackeray took centre stage on Friday, appealing to his partymen to stay united and ensure victory in the 2014 polls.
In what may lift the spirits of his cadre, Uddhav said he will tour the state later this year or in January 2013.
The meeting with Sena legislators was held on Friday in the backdrop of his father’s illness and the coming legislature and Parliament sessions.
“He asked us to be ready for the 2014 polls and told us that we have to grab power. He has indicated that changes are in the offing in the party organisation… and is seeking that at least 100 party MLAs must be elected in the 2014 assembly polls,” said a Shiv Sena MP.
He added that they had been asked to focus on issues like corruption and the recent irregularities in irrigation projects. “He called on us to stay united and stressed that we all were the trusted Shiv Sainiks of Balasaheb and hence, we had to work together,” said the MP.
A Shiv Sena legislator said Uddhav seemed to have recovered from his angioplasty which he underwent in July.
“He became emotional while speaking to us,” the legislator said, adding that Uddhav had rued that the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party was voted back to power despite being mired in controversies.