Two decades ago, Uddhav Thackeray was always a shy politician who prefers to be a family man.
But on 28 November 2019, he has written a new history in Maharashtra politics by becoming the first member from the Thackeray family to become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
Uddhav Thackeray largely lived in the shadows of his legendary father before coming on his own after being appointed the Sena working president in January 2003. Thackeray formally took over as the chief of the Sena, founded in 1966 to fight for the rights of Marathi people, after his father died in 2012.
Born on July 27, 1960 in Mumbai, Thackeray studied at Balmohan Vidyamandir and later graduated from the JJ School of Arts, where photography was his main subject. Besides being a published author, he is also a professional photographer whose work has appeared in various magazines and has been showcased at numerous exhibitions. An ace photographer, he is the third Sena Chief Minister, after Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane (both in 1990s), and the first member of the Thackeray family to hold the top post in the country's richest state.
Jovial Rashmi is always with Uddhav as his shadow now. He has two sons Aaditya (now an MLA) and Tejas.
He has to face a slew of challenges when he has taken plunge into governance and managing a disparate coalition. So, Uddhav Thackeray will be one of the most closely watched politicians in the country in these media-driven times.