Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray resigns
Published: 04:48 PM, 30 June 2022
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray; Photo: Collected
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has resigned. As a result, the Shiv Sena-led ruling coalition government in the state is on the verge of collapse.
Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation on Wednesday (June 29) just minutes after the Supreme Court of India ordered a referendum in the Assembly to prove the majority. In this news, BJP has distributed sweets.
According to Indian media reports, the Supreme Court of India had directed at 9 pm last night that the government of Uddhav Thackeray should hold a vote of confidence in the Assembly by 5 pm tomorrow (today) following the order of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Shortly after that instruction, Uddhav came on Facebook Live and announced his resignation from the post of Maharashtra Chief Minister. And with that came the collapse of the 31-month coalition government (along with the Shiv Sena, of which the NCP and the Congress are one of its allies). With that, the last 10 days of “political drama” came to an end in Maharashtra.
Last night, the Supreme Court rejected Shiv Sena’s plea seeking a stay on the governor’s order after a long three-and-a-half-hour hearing. A bench of Justice Suryakanta and Justice JB Pariala directed the Governor to conduct the confidence vote as per the schedule.
Despite being a staunch Hindutva party, the Shiv Sena was running a coalition government with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). However, Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde, along with some of the alliance’s MLAs, went to a hotel in Assam after the ruling Maharashtra alliance failed in the June 20 assembly elections. From there, they were demanding a majority in the assembly and a vote of confidence.
After spending a few days in Gujarat, then in Guwahati, Assam, on Wednesday evening, Shinde and his fellow legislators arrived in Goa on a chartered flight overnight. At first, the number of rebels was 11. But in the end, according to Shinde’s claim, he has 50 MLAs with him.
Meanwhile, in a letter to the Maharashtra governor, former chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has claimed that 36 MLAs no longer support Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Based on that letter, the governor directed a test of strength in the assembly.
Rebel MLA and their leader Eknath Shinde’s statement is that Shiv Sena’s natural alliance partner was BJP. The political thinking of both parties also focuses on Hindutva. Again, they fought in the last election by forming an alliance.
But as he did not agree to power-sharing, Uddhav Thackeray formed an alliance with the ideologically complete opposition Congress and the NCP. Shinde was demanding that the party be re-aligned with the BJP. He also claimed that his group was the “real Shiv Sena”.
Source: Economic Times