Uddhav Thackeray, the chief minister of Maharashtra, announced his resignation on Wednesday after Supreme court paved way for floor test on 30 June. The CM addressed the public through a live video on Facebook and announced his resignation. He is also leaving his position as MLC in addition to his position as CM.
The Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde rebeled with fifty MLAs in the assembly, of which 40 were from the Shiv Sena, leaving the Maha Vikas Aghadi out of numbers to prove majority.
The administration of Uddhav Thackeray lasted for two years and seven months. Shiv Sena has yet to address the issue of which of the two camps formed by Eknath Shinde’s coup is the legitimate Shiv Sena, despite the chief minister’s resignation, as Shinde has already won the backing of more than two-thirds of the party’s MLAs in the legislature.
Just Before resigning, Uddhav Thackeray’s Facebook post informed that the MVA Government has renamed two Maharashtra districts in accordance with the aspirations of the Hindus, where majority of Shiv Sena MLAs were absent from the meeting.
Uddhav Thackeray in his Facebook live stated, “I won’t permit them to have the perverse pleasure of removing me from my position. Instead, I won’t take any floor tests and will instead resign. Because in our times, democracy has merely been reduced to a head count. I’m leaving my position as chief minister and my position as a parliamentary member simultaneously.”
He added, “They are bringing in CRPF. They are also calling the military in Mumbai. Why this much? Why this all? Notices are being issued to Shiv Sainiks to stay at home. I appeal to all the Shiv Sainiks not to make any ruckus. We did not allow that to happen in Maharashtra in whatever short regime we had. When other cities like Delhi were burning in CAA protests, we in Maharashtra maintained peace. I thank all my Muslim brothers in the state for this. They certainly deserve the thanks for maintaining the order amidst such times. Now, those who want to draw the happiness through this evil and celebrate, I urge Shiv Sainiks not to be a hurdle in their way of celebration.”
The Maharashtra Governor had ordered the Uddhav Thackeray-led MCA coalition to prove majority in the Assembly on June 30. Minutes before the chief minister’s address, the Supreme Court declined to step in and delay the process. The results of the writ petition filed by SS Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu, who deemed the Governor’s order for a floor test as illegal, will be a factor in Thursday’s floor test proceedings, according to a bench made up of Justices Surya Kant and J. B. Pardiwala. On July 12, the SC is scheduled to hear Prabhu’s case and the rebel MLAs’ challenge to the disqualification process.
The MVA government was overthrown with the resignation of the CM, hence the floor test is no longer necessary. The next government, most likely led by the BJP with support from a number of Shiv Sena and independent MLAs, will now be responsible for demonstrating its majority in the assembly after claiming to have the necessary votes to establish the government.
On November 28, 2019, Uddhav Thackeray took the oath of office as the state’s chief minister following a highly charged post-election political drama in Maharashtra.
In order to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi administration in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena dissolved its pre-election coalition with the BJP and teamed up with the NCP and Congress. During the Covid-19 outbreak, the government received criticism for its anti-Hindu stance, poor administration, and high death rate.
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