Amid uncertainty over his future, Uddhav Thackeray announced that he will be moving to his private residence Matoshree.
Mumbai: Moments after Shiv Sena supremo and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s emotional speech, rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde insisted the party to quit the ‘unnatural’ alliance with the NCP and Congress for its survival.
Shinde, in a series of tweets, said, “In the last two and a half years of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, it has benefited only the constituent parties, and the Shiv Sainiks were overwhelmed. While the constituent parties are getting stronger, the Shiv Sainiks – Shiv Sena is getting systematic embezzlement.”
“It is essential to get out of the unnatural front for the survival of the party and Shiv Sainiks. Decisions need to be taken now in the interest of Maharashtra. It is important to make this decision in the interest of Maharashtra,” said Shinde, adding that, “the party must restore is alliance with the BJP to rule the state.”
Uddhav Thackeray, in an emotional speech earlier, said that he is ready to resign from his job anytime. He asked his MLAs to come and ask him to resign. “Why giving statements from other places, come and ask me to resign, on my face, I will submit my resignation.” He added that the chief minister’s post came to him accidently.
“Despite having support of NCP and Congress leaders, what should I do if my own people do not want to see me as a chief minister? I am getting phone calls of MLAs who have gone with Eknath Shinde that they have been kidnapped,” added the CM.
Meanwhile, amid uncertainty over his future, Thackeray announced that he will be moving to his private residence Matoshree.
If reports are to believed, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress leaders have suggested to name rebel Eknath Shinde as the Chief Minister of the MVA coalition in place of Uddhav Thackeray. The leaders believe that Shinde’s elevation is the single way solution to the crisis in the state.
Meanwhile, three more Shiv Sena rebel MLAs have reached Guwahati on a chartered plane. With this, the total number of Shiv Sena MLAs in the rebel team reached to 33 out of a total of 55 MLAs. The Shiv Sena leaders, however, have claimed that nearly one-and-half dozen MLAs are ready to come back to Mumbai.
Senior party leader and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that Uddhav Thackeray will not step down from the post of Chief Minister. He said that if required, the MVA will prove its majority on the floor of the House. He said that Uddhav Thackeray remains as the leader of the coalition government.