Sources say that the late night meeting between NCP's Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena bosses Uddhav and Aditya Thackeray too was planned by Rashmi Thackeray. It was only at her instance that Aditya Thackeray accompanied his father Uddhav to the meeting. She strongly feels that Aditya has the verve and the panache to become the CM of Maharashtra.
Sources also say that more than party president Uddhav Thackeray, it is Rashmi Thackeray's word that is deemed final. She is said to get involved in taking most decisions at the top level. Party sources say that she wields lot of influence in the party hierarcy. If Aditya becomes CM, the credit should go only to her. But, if the Shiv Sena is doomed, the responsibility is entirely hers," says a prominent Shiv Sena leader on condition of anonymity.