Mumbai: In the breaking development in Maharashtra political ruckus, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said that he is not interested in the “numbers game” and that is why he is resigning from his post. He said on the webcast, “I am also resigning from the membership of the Legislative Council.” Along with this, Thackeray appealed to the party workers not to come out on the road to protest.
Uddhav Thackeray’s announcement came minutes after the Supreme Court refused to stay the Governor’s direction on Thursday to prove his majority in the Assembly to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by him. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress are allies along with the Shiv Sena in the MVA.
Uddhav said – No regret leaving the post
Thackeray, who is facing revolt by most of the MLAs under the leadership of Eknath Shinde, said he has no regrets on leaving his post. Thackeray, who is also handling the responsibility of Shiv Sena president, appealed to the party workers to allow the rebel MLAs to return and not to protest against them.
Earlier, the rebel MLAs, who had been camping in Guwahati for about a week, left in a special plane from there on Wednesday evening and reached Goa. Uddhav Thackeray said, “Let the rebels who grew politically because of Shiv Sena and Balasaheb Thackeray be happy and satisfied when his (Balasaheb) son is removed from the chief minister’s post.” I don’t want to be involved. I will feel embarrassed if I see that even a single party colleague is standing against me.”
He said security has been beefed up in Mumbai and Shiv Sainiks have been detained. Thackeray said the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party did not oppose the decision to rename Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar in the last cabinet meeting held on Wednesday evening.
He also thanked Congress President Sonia Gandhi and NCP President Sharad Pawar for their cooperation while running the MVA government. Referring to the rebels, Thackeray said, “Congress leader Ashok Chavan told me that if the rebels want, the Congress is ready to withdraw from the government and support from outside. Those who were expected to be pushed into the abyss stood by while my own left behind me.
The Shiv Sena chief said, “What was your problem? Instead of going to Surat and Guwahati, you could have come directly to me and expressed your opinion. “Shiv Sena is a party of the common people and it has successfully faced many challenges,” he said, adding that he would rebuild the party. He said, “I express my thanks to the Shiv Sainiks for standing by. Those who grew politically because of Shiv Sena are dissatisfied while those who got nothing are loyal.