The Congress on Wednesday distanced itself from party leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam’s remarks that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should not delay even a moment in quitting as CM, saying these are neither the views of the party nor He is the only official spokesperson. In a tweet in Hindi, Krishnam said that Uddhav Thackeray, respecting the legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray, who never gave importance to power, and following moral values to protect Maratha pride, in relinquishing the post of Chief Minister. Don’t delay even a moment.
Tagging Krishnam’s tweet, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said that neither these are the views of Congress nor Acharya Pramod Krishnam is an authorized spokesperson. Replying to Ramesh, Krishnam said, “The authorization is temporary, but I am permanent, if you still have any problem, ‘Jayaram ji ki’.” An emotional Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday offered to resign as Maharashtra chief minister and extended an olive branch to the rebel MLAs of the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena, saying he would be happy if a Shiv Sainik takes his place. .
Shinde’s rebellion, which has claimed the support of 46 MLAs, has pushed the two-and-a-half-year-old Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to the brink. Shiv Sena has 55 members in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly. In the early hours of Wednesday, Shinde and other rebel MLAs were taken from Surat to Guwahati in Assam, where they had been camping since early Tuesday.
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