Mumbai: Former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has been passing through one of the worst phases of his life, facing setback after setback. After a high-voltage drama, a large number of his party’s MLAs rebelled against him, shook hands with the BJP and formed a government.
Another setback for beleaguered Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has emerged. 66 party corporators in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said goodbye to him and decided to go with the Eknath Shinde faction.
As per the sources, all 66 rebel corporators had a meeting with the new Maharashtra Chief Minister at his residence late on Wednesday night.
With the plight of 66 out of 67 Shiv Sena corporators, there will be no control of Uddhav Thackeray over the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC).
The TMC has a special place in the civic body, just behind the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
The government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) collapsed on June 29 in Maharashtra following the resignation of chief minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray due to rebellion in his party led by Eknath Shinde.
Shinde had the support of over 40 MLAs and some independents and formed the government with the help of the BJP. He took oath as the new chief minister of Maharashtra, while former CM Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as his deputy.
Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Gulabrao Patil has been claiming that 12 Shiv Sena MPs out of 18 are knocking on the door of the rebel group. They are expected to join the shinde camp soon.