Amid a rebellion by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, which has put a question mark on the stability of the Maharashtra government, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday night left his official residence ‘Varsha’ in south Mumbai and moved back to private residence ‘Matoshree’. of the Thackeray family in suburban Bandra.
Thackeray left ‘Varsha’ with his family amid chantsUddhav you go ahead, we are with you“From his supporters. Several Shiv Sena workers also gathered outside ‘Matoshree’ to show their support to him. When he reached Matoshree, dramatic scenes were witnessed as Shiv Sena workers blocked roads in Uddhav’s honor. Eventually He got down from his car and went to his house under police protection.
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Shiv Sena leaders like Neelam Gorhe and Chandrakant Khaire were present at the ‘Varsha’ when Thackeray, who was also the party chief, was leaving the official residence. Earlier, bags filled with their personal belongings were seen loading into the cars.
Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray with his mother Rashmi Thackeray and brother Tejas Thackeray follows Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray as he leaves his official residence in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/fOfq9bZN1n
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Hours before leaving his official residence, Thackeray offered to resign as Maharashtra CM and said he would be happy if a Shiv Sainik took his place. In the 18-minute live webcast, he also said that if the rebel leader and the MLAs supporting him, who are camping in Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam, declare that they do not want him to continue as the chief minister, then that post. ready to leave.
Thackeray was the only CM of Maharashtra in recent times who did not go to ‘Varsha’ after taking oath in 2019. He moved there after more than a year in 2021 due to some renovation work in ‘Matoshree’.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said Thackeray would continue to be the chief minister of Maharashtra, and the ruling coalition MVA would prove its majority on the floor of the assembly if needed. Thackeray is not resigning from his post, he clarified.
He rubbished reports that NCP chief Sharad Pawar had asked Thackeray to make Shinde the chief minister to save the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. Raut said Pawar did not give any advice to Thackeray and said that the MVA will fight the political crisis together till the end.
Pawar, whose party is the second largest constituent of the Shiv Sena-led MVA, is the chief architect of the governing coalition, which took over in November 2019. Congress is also a part of MVA.
A group of rebel MLAs led by Shinde were taken to Guwahati on Wednesday morning and escorted to a luxury hotel amid tight security. A BJP source told news agency PTI that on Tuesday, the MLAs were moved from Mumbai to Surat and the decision to shift them to the Assam capital was taken on “security grounds”.
Shinde today claimed that he has the support of 34 MLAs of his party and in the evening passed a resolution reinstating himself as the leader of the Shiv Sena legislature party, a day after he was removed from the post by the Shiv Sena leadership. He also posted a tweet stating that the ruling MVA government was an “unnatural alliance” and it was imperative for the Shiv Sena to exit the alliance with the NCP and Congress for itself and the party workers.
Shinde and some MLAs had arrived at the Surat hotel on Monday night, hours after the Legislative Council elections in which the BJP won the fifth seat despite not having enough numbers in the assembly, possibly due to suspected cross-voting from the ruling bloc apart from support. . Independent MLAs and MLAs of smaller parties. Shinde did not get in touch after the council election results were out and it was later learned that he was camping in a hotel with some party MLAs.
(with inputs from PTI)
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