India: Ready to resign, but let's discuss, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray tells rebels

Edited By: Manas Joshi
Mumbai Updated: Jun 23, 2022, 12:30 PM(IST)

Former Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Photograph:( PTI )

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Maharashtra is the richest state in India. The politics of the major state is witnessing turmoil due to rebellion within the governing coalition orchestrated by Eknath Shinde, an influential leader in Thackeray's own party and cabinet.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday (June 22) told rebel MLAs of his party Shiv Sena that he was ready to resign from the post if they wanted but urged them to come forward to discuss. Maharashtra is the richest state in India. The politics of the major state is witnessing a turmoil due to rebellion within the governing coalition orchestrated by Eknath Shinde, an influential leader in Thackeray's own party and cabinet. Thackeray even said that he was ready to step down from the post of Shiv Sena chief. He even promised that MLAs could tell him freely if they wanted him to resign and that he would keep their names secret.

Shinde, along with rebel MLAs, are currently holed up in Guwahati city in Assam, more than 2000 kilometres away from Shiv Sena's political base of Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra.

During his Live online address, broadcast from official government handles as well as party handles, Thackeray said that he was not after any post. He mentioned Eknath Shinde by name once during the speech. 

"If you do not want me to be chief minister I will step down," he said, "But why aren't you and why didn't you tell me in person before this?"

Thackeray repeatedly urged rebel MLAs to discuss their grievances with him in person or even by phone.

Thackeray met Sharad Pawar this evening. Sharad Pawar, chief of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) was instrumental in hammering out the three-way coalition between Shiv Sena- NCP and Congress and is said to have staked in past, his formidable political might to ensure that the Maharashtra government does not fall. However, the present crisis is widely perceived to be a huge political roadblock in the way of the coalition.

Hours after Thackeray's address, Eknath Shinde took to Twitter and posted in Marathi.

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Here is the translation of his tweets

'1. For last two and a half years, the MVA coalition government benefitted only the parties. Common Shiv Sainik was crushed

2. Shiv Sena and Shiv Sainiks were made to suffer systematically while other parties flourished.

3. The unnatural alliance must be abandoned if the party is to sustain.

4. There is a need to act for the betterment of Maharashtra'.

Uddhav Thackeray left his official chief ministerial residence 'Varsha' late on Wednesday. During his online address, he had given hints of such a move but had also suggested that it would be symbolic and would not mean that he had resigned. He and his family left for their private residence.

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