Uddhav visits family deity with 63 legislators

Uddhav visits family deity with 63 legislators

Uddhav visits family deity with 63 legislators

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's visit to the temple of Thackeray family deity Ekvira Devi at Karla near the popular hill station of Lonavala in Pune district—all 63 newly-elected MLAs in tow—has sparked off speculations that a power-sharing deal may be in sight.

On Tuesday night, both the Shiv Sena and the BJP maintained that talks were in progress between the two former allies.

The newly-elected MLAs first visited the Shivaji Park in Mumbai—where rich tributes were paid to Shiv Sena founder, the late Balasaheb Thackeray.

Uddhav, along with wife Rashmi and son Aditya, worshipped at the temple, reminding many of a similar visit in 1995 by Balasaheb Thackeray when the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance government came to power.

“We have a tradition to come and pray here and express our gratitude to the goddess. I have come today (on Tuesday) for 'darshan' with 63 MLAs. Soon, with the Devi’s blessings, we will come with 180 MLAs. We want to create a Maharashtra which will be the envy of the world,” he said.