Thackeray spoke to NDTV's Priyanka Kakodkar.
NDTV: How decisive a role will your party play in the coming election? It's a very big election for you.
Thackeray: I have said this earlier - that no government can be formed without my help. This is not my over-confidence. When you move around, you realize that that people are angry with the Congress-NCP. But the Opposition has failed to gain the confidence of the people.
NDTV: You have said you will support any alliance, which supports your agenda.
Thackeray: It doesn't matter to me or the people...
NDTV: If both the Sena-BJP and the Congress-NCP are within striking chance of power, and agree with your agenda, which would you support?
Thackeray: Anyone. It doesn't make a difference.
NDTV: If it's a close contest, and Balasaheb Thackeray calls and asks you to support the Sena-BJP to form the government, would you?
Thackeray: My political agenda comes first. I have love and respect for Bal Thackeray. He's my uncle, my relative. But at the end of the day, I have to think about politics as well.
NDTV: Will you support the government from outside or be a part of it?
Thackeray: I will support the government. I don't want to carry their burden. Why should I clean up the mess they left behind?
NDTV: What about your political ambitions? No one from the Thackeray family has been chief minister. Is this a role you see for yourself in the future?
Thackeray: If I want to be the CM, I will be.
NDTV: So it is something you would like?
Thackeray: The problems won't get solved just by making me CM or not. What's more important is that the issues are solved.