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Aditya Thackeray
The Minister for Tourism and Environment, Maharashtra, Shri Aaditya Thackeray calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on February 21, 2020 (Aditya Thackeray) (cropped).jpg
Cabinet Minister , Government of Maharashtra
Assumed office
30 December 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshiyari
Minister of
Chief MinisterUddhav Thackeray
Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
24 November 2019
Preceded bySunil Govind Shinde
Leader Shivsena
Assumed office
President, Mumbai District Football Association
Assumed office
Preceded byPraful Patel
Personal details
Born (1990-06-13) 13 June 1990 (age 30)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Political partyShiv Sena
RelationsPrabodhankar Thackeray (great-grandfather)
Bal Thackeray (Grandfather)
Raj Thackeray (Uncle)
Tejas Thackeray (Brother)
See Thackeray Family
MotherRashmi Thackeray
FatherUddhav Thackeray
ResidenceMatoshree, Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma materSt. Xavier's College, Mumbai (BA)
K C Law College (LLB)

Aditya Uddhav Thackeray (born 13 June 1990) is an Indian Politician serving as Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Environment Government of Maharashtra. He is also a MLA of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from Mumbai, Maharashtra. He is the son of Uddhav Thackeray, an Indian politician serving as the 19th and current Chief Minister of Maharashtra, leader of the Shiv Sena, and grandson of Balasaheb Thackeray.[1] He is the President of Yuva Sena, a youth wing of Shiv Sena. He was inducted as a cabinet minister in the state cabinet on 30 December 2019.

Early life

Aditya was born to Rashmi Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray in Bombay (now Mumbai). He is their elder son, Tejas Thackeray being the younger son. He completed his schooling from an unaided Christian minority school named, Bombay Scottish School, Mahim in Mumbai and earned a BA History degree while studying at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. He did his post-graduation from K C Law College, Mumbai where he earned his LLB degree.[2]


His first book of poems, 'My Thoughts in White and Black', was published in 2007. The following year, he turned lyricist and released a private album Ummeed, for which he wrote all the eight songs.[3]

He was involved in or initiated a book burning agitation against inclusion of Rohinton Mistry's book 'Such a Long Journey', which was critical of his party's violent actions, in Mumbai University's reading list in 2010. Thackeray alleged that the book included insulting language against his family and Marathis[4][5]

Political career

In October 2019, Thackeray contested the 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election from the Worli constituency in Mumbai and subsequently emerged victorious. In doing so, he became the first member of the Thackeray family to contest and win elections.[6] He became the Cabinet Minister for tourism, protocol and environment on 30 December 2019 in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

Prior to getting officially elected, Thackeray played instrumental role in few projects during the Devendra Fadnavis-led government government, prominent one being ban of single use plastics in Maharashtra,[7] which was well received by residents of the state.[8] He also played vital role in importing Humboldt penguins for the first time in India to be exhibited in Byculla Zoo. Importing of penguins from South Korea was panned by environmentalists and politicians considering the tropical climate of the city.[9][10] This earned him the nickname of "baby penguin" following reports of deaths of few penguins due to bacterial infections.[11][12] In July 2020, a man was arrested by the Mumbai Police for calling Thackeray 'Baby Penguin' on Twitter.[13]

Aditya Thackeray was also linked to various conspiracy theories on the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.[14] This was rejected by himself and his political faction citing the theories were created for political benefit by the opposition faction of the state.[15]

Positions held

  • 2010: Appointed as President of Yuva Sena
  • 2017: Elected as President of Mumbai District Football Association[16]
  • 2018: Appointed as Leader of Shiv Sena Party[17]
  • 2019: MLA from Worli constituency
  • 2019: Cabinet Minister of Environment, Tourism and Protocol, Government of Maharashtra
  • 2020: Appointed as guardian minister of Mumbai Suburban district[18]


  1. ^ "Biography of Aditya Thackeray". Archived from the original on 29 September 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  2. ^ Mahamulkar, Sujit (4 October 2019). "Aaditya Thackeray net worth: 29-year-old Aaditya Thackeray has assets worth Rs 16.05 crore". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 6 October 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  3. ^ Chatterji, Saubhadra (14 December 2010). "Tea with BS: Aditya Thackeray". Business Standard India. Business Thackeray.
  4. ^ Burke, Jason (19 October 2010). "Mumbai University drops Rohinton Mistry novel after extremists complain". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 10 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. ^ Burke, Jason (27 November 2014). "Aditya Thackeray: 24-year-old scion of India's controversial political dynasty". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Maharashtra Assembly election: Aaditya Thackeray becomes first from family to enter state legislature". India Today. 24 October 2019. Archived from the original on 25 October 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Aaditya Thackeray justifies plastic ban in Maharashtra, apologises to people for inconvenience - India News , Firstpost". Firstpost. Press Trust of India. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Mumbai Residents "Happy" As Maharashtra Plastic Ban Comes Into Effect". NDTV. 24 June 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  9. ^ Kamlesh Damodar Sutar (24 October 2016). "Politics over penguin's death: MNS, Congress blames Shiv Sena, calls it a 'murder'". India Today. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Poster politics in Mumbai over penguin's death". Mumbai Mirror. Press Trust of India. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  11. ^ "SC ruling in Sushant case: BJP targets Maharashtra govt, seeks resignations". Mid Day. Indo-Asian News Service. 19 August 2020. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Penguin Dies At Mumbai Zoo, Political Row Erupts". 4 November 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  13. ^ Gaad, Sachin (16 July 2020). "Mumbai: Man booked for calling Aaditya Thackeray 'baby penguin'". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Conspiracy To Link Aaditya Thackeray To Sushant Rajput's Death: Shiv Sena". NDTV. 5 August 2020. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  15. ^ Ankita Bhandari (4 August 2020). "Aaditya Thackeray breaks silence on Sushant Singh Rajput death case, alleges 'dirty politics' by opposition". Zee News. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Aaditya Thackeray appointed MDFA president". Archived from the original on 24 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  17. ^ "आदित्य ठाकरेंची शिवसेनेच्या नेतेपदी वर्णी". Archived from the original on 17 October 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Maharashtra govt appoints guardian ministers for all 36 districts".

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