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Uddhhav Thackeray is the incumbent chief minister of Maharashtra. Uddhav, the president of the Shiv Sena and the son of Bal Thackeray, was born on July 27, 1960. He took charge of the party after his father passed away in 2012. He had started his political journey when he started handling the daily business of the Shiv Sena's mouthpiece Saamna.
He openly criticised the administrative skills and working style of Narayan Rane, who was the chief minister of Maharashtra in 1999 and his spat led to Rane’s resignation later. Rane was expelled from the party as well.
Actively involved in political campaigning for his party, Uddhav Thackeray led the Shiv Sena to a massive victory in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections in 2002. In 2003, he was made the party working president. After a fallout between him and his brother Raj Thackeray in 2006, the latter went on to form his own party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
Uddhav’s son, Aditya, is actively following in his footsteps as the president of the Yuva Sena. His other son, Tejas, has maintained a very low profile. Uddhav has been a hardline Hindu leader and comes out strongly in defence of Maharashtrians. He has been a supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party and his party is part of National Democratic Alliance at the Centre.