Guwahati: The Shiv Sena head said that he would be moving out of the cm’s official bungalow ‘Varsha’ to his own home Matoshree in western Mumbai.
As the crisis in the Maharashtra government comes to a head, Uddhav Thackeray has offered to step down as chief minister if the rebel Shiv Sena leadership tells him he is unfit for the position.
A statement was released to reporters on Wednesday afternoon by 34 rebel Maharashtra Shiv Sena MLAs endorsing Shiv Sena dissident leader Eknath Shinde as their party leader. Assam’s Guwahati is where Shinde and a group of MLAs are staying after traveling from Gujarat’s Surat.
Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party, and Congress party MLAs have been unhappy with the government since late 2019.
After more than 40 hours of political drama in Maharashtra, Thackeray finally broke his silence on Wednesday evening. Claiming to be pained by the behavior of his own, the Shiv Sena chief said that he would be moving out of the chief minister’s official bungalow Varsha to his personal residence Matoshree in western Mumbai.
Thackeray, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier on Wednesday, said that he was also willing to step down from the party chief’s position if those rebelling (from the party) come forward and say so. “You don’t need to move to another state and stay in some hotel in Surat to make such moves. You come here and tell me this to my face. I have made up my mind. I am willing to step down from not just the CM’s position but also from the post of the party head if my people want me to,” he said in a live appearance.
Thackeray also added that he has been criticized for forgetting his “Hindu roots”. “I was a Hindu yesterday; I am a Hindu today and I will continue to be a Hindu tomorrow. Let there be no doubt,” he claimed. He also claimed that he was perhaps the only chief minister to have spoken of Hindutva in the assembly.
Shiv Sena MLAs Kailash Patil and Nitin Deshmukh have in the meantime come from the Eknath Shinde camp and pledged support to the Uddhav writer. each has alleged that they were taken to Gujarat against their can.
Patil created it clear that he was taken to Gujarat against can. “I was placed in an exceedingly vehicle and brought outside Mumbai against my can. Midway, once the vehicle was getting ready to cross over to Gujarat, I detected one thing is wrong. I asked them to prevent at a bathroom obtainable and so at large from there. I ran 4-5 kilometers and so headed back to the city. native truck drivers helped Pine Tree State come back to Mumbai,” he told reporters.
Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali has asked the writer to seem into the stress created by the rebel leaders, asking him to require the correct call within the “larger interest of the people”.
Shiv Sena Lok Sabha MP Bhavana Gawali writes to Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray requesting not to take any harsh actions against estranged leader Eknath Shinde & Shiv Sena MLA. He requested Thackeray to take the right decision for the larger interest of the people.— Sudhir Suryawanshi (@ss_suryawanshi) June 22, 2022