Uddhav Thackeray is the executive president of the Shiv Sena, a regional political party based in the Indian state of Maharashtra. He was given this role in 2004, taking over the mantle from his father and party founder Bal Thackeray. Initially, he was not too keen to join politics, and instead was into art and nature. In spite of this, the party won the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation election in 2002 under his stewardship, and he was appointed the party working president in 2003. However, differences between him and former Shiv Sena leader Narayan Rane culminated in the expulsion of Rane from the Shiv Sena. The biggest split in the Sena came when he and his cousin Raj Thackeray had a falling out, leading to Raj leaving the Shiv Sena in 2006 to form his own party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. Since 2007, he has been campaigning for debt relief to farmers in
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