Mumbai: The political drama of Maharashtra is not over yet. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray came live on Facebook and said that if Shiv Sena MLAs come in front of me and says I am not capable, I will resign from my post. He told Eknath Shinde if he wanted to become the Chief Minister, he would have told me, I would have resigned and handed over the Chief Minister’s chair to him. I am not someone who will fight for a chair.
In his address, Uddhav Thackeray asked the Eknath Shinde faction to come forward. He said, I am not going to back down from any challenge. He called upon the Shiv Sainiks and said, do not betray me. After about 40 MLAs going one after the other with Eknath Shinde and openly revolting with him, Uddhav Thackeray came live on Facebook on Wednesday evening and spoke.
Uddhav insisted that Shiv Sena will never give up Hindutva. He said that Hindutva is our identity. I am the first such CM, so I talk on Hindutva. He said that Maharashtra was battling the outbreak of the Covid epidemic. The way I was able to control Covid as CM, it was possible with your support. He said, “I was accused of not meeting people / party people. As far as not meeting people is concerned, the reason is It was that I was unwell and could not meet people because of this. It was not that administrative work was not being done during my unwellness, it was going on.” Uddhav said, “People say that this is not Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena, I ask what is the difference. It is still the same Shiv Sena.”
Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray said he is ready to quit even as Shiv Sena chief, not just Chief Minister. “Let those disgruntled MLAs come forward and demand so,” he added. The CM also said, “Will be happy if another person from Shiv Sena succeeds me as CM if I quit.”
This political drama started after a candidate of Mahavikas Aghadi lost in the Legislative Council elections on Monday. After this, senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde suddenly disappeared along with some MLAs. The party leadership had no contact with him. It spread like wildfire on Tuesday morning after Eknath Shinde and some other MLAs went missing and there was no contact with the party leadership.
Initially, it was being told that there are 17 MLAs with Eknath Shinde. However, in a short time this figure first reached 22 and then 35. Now it is being told that Shinde has the support of more than 40 MLAs. According to Shinde, he has the support of 47 MLAs, out of which 5-6 are independents and the rest are Shiv Sena MLAs.
Shinde and other rebel MLAs are currently in Guwahati. Here the round of meetings is going on in BJP and Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP are also holding meetings continuously.
“Shiv Sena will never give up on Hindutva,” Mr Thackeray declared, stung by the rebel group’s charge.