Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on June 29 announced his resignation. A few minutes later, the Supreme Court said to have the floor test in the assembly scheduled for tomorrow.
“I am resigning as the chief minister,” Thackeray said, adding that he was also quitting his membership of the legislative council. Before announcing his resignation, Thackeray chaired his final cabinet meeting as the chief minister, where the nod was given to renaming Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv – both were long-pending demands of the Shiv Sena.
“I want to express my gratitude to the ministers of NCP and Congress that they supported the proposal to rename the two cities,” Thackeray stated on Facebook Live.
“I had unexpectedly come to power, and I am going out similarly. I am not going away forever; I will be here and once again sit in Shiv Sena Bhawan. I will gather all my people. I am resigning as the CM and as an MLC,” Thackeray said after being targeted by Eknath Shinde eventually led to the collapse of the MVA government after coming 2.5 years in office. “A new democracy will be born tomorrow. No Shiv Sainik will come in their way. I am not the one to be scared, but rather than spilling the blood of the Shiv Sainiks on the streets, I will step down,” he added to the statement.
The political crisis in Maharashtra had erupted on June 20, after more than a dozen legislators of the Shiv Sena moved to Surat, in the BJP-ruled Gujarat, and turned incommunicado. As the number of rebels swelled, they were shifted to Guwahati, in BJP-ruled Assam, where they had been camping for over a week.