Despite differences, the BJP and Shiv Sena share the "common thread" of Hindutva and will retain power in Maharashtra after the October 21 Assembly poll, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in a press conference in Mumbai on Friday.
Addressing a joint press conference with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis said the 'Mahayuti' alliance comprising BJP, Sena and other parties will get an unprecedented victory in the elections.
Fadnavis said Aaditya Thackeray, son of Uddhav Thackeray, will win the Worli seat Assembly poll by polling the highest number of votes.
He said he will ask all rebel BJP candidates to withdraw from the poll arena in the next two days.
To a query on why some senior leaders, including cabinet ministers, were not fielded by the BJP, Fadnavis said, "nobody has been dropped, they have only been reassigned responsibilities."
Meanwhile, when Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was asked whether Aditya Thackeray will become the next Chief Minister of the state, he responded, "the first step in politics doesn’t mean that you have to become the Chief Minister of this state. He has just entered politics, this is just the beginning."