Actor Sanjay Dutt has backed debutant in electoral politics, Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray, who is contesting the Maharashra Assembly elections 2019, and said he hopes the Yuva Sena leader wins by a huge margin as the country needs dynamic young leaders.

Aaditya Thackeray, the Shiv Sena leader and Thackeray scion is contesting from the Worli Assembly seat in Mumbai for the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly elections.

The 29-year-old Yuva Sena chief, who is the elder son of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackera is the first member of the Thackeray family to contest an election. Ever since the Shiv Sena was founded by late Bal Thackeray in 1966, no member of the family ever contested any election or held any constitutional post.

In a video posted on Twitter, Sanjay Dutt said Aaditya Thackeray is like “a younger brother to me”.

“He comes from a fantastic lineage of Balasaheb Thackeray ji, who supported me and my family immensely and was like a father figure to me. I can never forget that. Uddhav bhai is the same,” the 60-year-old actor said.

“I wish Aaditya all the very best. I hope he wins with a huge mandate because we need dynamic young leaders in our country. Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra,” he added.

Late Bal Thackeray the Shiv Sena founder had supported the actor when he was charged and arrested in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

Earlier, during the 2014 Assembly elections Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray’s cousin had earlier announced his intention to contest but later changed his mind.

Assembly elections will be held in Maharashtra in a single phase on October 21. Counting of votes will take place on October 24 and the results will be out on the same day. The five-year term of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra expires on November 9.

(With inputs from PTI)