Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is now vacating his official residence amid a political storm triggered by the rebellion of Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde. Thackeray is now leaving the official CM residence ‘Varsha’ and going back to his private residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra. In a video that has surfaced on social media, it can be seen that some people are carrying packed bags from the Chief Minister’s residence.
Earlier today, Uddhav Thackeray has said that he is ready to step down as the Chief Minister anytime. However, he has not announced his resignation as Chief Minister.
A few hours ago, Uddhav Thackeray said in Facebook Live that ‘I am ready to resign if the MLAs come forward and speak’. He said that ‘I am not looking forward to the chief minister’s chair. I became CM by chance. Sharad Pawar had proposed that I become the Chief Minister. Although this address of Uddhav was in the name of the people of Maharashtra, but overall this message was to the rebel MLAs and Shiv Sainiks. And only after his speech, this tweet of Eknath Shinde has come.
Besides appointing Shinde as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party, the rebel faction has said in a resolution that there is “huge dissatisfaction” among the party cadre over the alliance with the ideologically opposing Congress and Sharad Pawar’s NCP.
Uddhav said that he will not “fight for the chair” and that the Shiv Sena will never give up on Hindutva. “If even a single MLA objected to me as the chief minister, I would resign,” he said. I am keeping my resignation ready. You tell me you want me to resign.’ Thackeray’s address came soon after 30 Shiv Sena MLAs wrote to the governor to support rebel Eknath Shinde as their leader. “I am getting calls from MLAs who accompanied Eknath Shinde, claiming that they were forcibly taken away,” Thackeray said.
Uddhav Thackeray has said that Congress and NCP have full faith in me even today. However, amidst this political storm, a media report quoted sources as saying that Congress and NCP are in favor of making Eknath Shinde the chief minister. NDTV quoted sources as saying that the Congress and Sharad Pawar, the ruling ally of Uddhav Thackeray in Maharashtra, have suggested that rebel Eknath Shinde be named as the chief minister.
Let us inform that Eknath Shinde tweeted, ‘In the last two and a half years, the MVA government only benefited the constituents (Congress, NCP) and Shiv Sainiks suffered heavy losses. For the survival of the party and Shiv Sainiks, it is necessary to come out of the unnatural alliance. Now there is a need to take a decision in the interest of Maharashtra.