- Pitch for the prime minister’s post if a Third Front government comes to power in 2014
- Work in tandem with the Congress in Maharashtra despite differences to keep a hold on state politics
- Cut nephew Ajit Pawar’s growing clout
- Strengthen daughter Supriya Sule’s role in Maharashtra politics
- Maintain good relations with all parties, from the Left to the Right
Inevitably, the backlash happened. Veteran Shiv Sena leader and former Maharashtra CM Manohar Joshi was booed off the stage at the party’s first Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park after Bal Thackeray’s death. Front-row Sainiks shouted slogans against him until he finally left the dais. And no leader, Uddhav Thackeray or anyone else, tried to pacify the crowd. Joshi was facing the ire of the Sainiks for an ill-timed, strongly worded comment he had made on Uddhav’s leadership skills. In time-honoured Maratha...