“I will leave if even a person or MP is against me,” Maharashtra CM said. The speech came as Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde claimed he had enough support to overthrow the government.
File image of Uddhav Thackeray. ANI
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Wednesday he was “ready to step down” as the rebellion in Shiv Sena, led by Chief Eknath Shinde, continued to escalate.
If any MP wants me not to continue as CM, I am ready to take all my belongings from Versha Bungalow (CM official residence) to Matoshri: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray pic.twitter.com/kciNQsijer
— ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2022
Thackeray added that it is shameful for him that “even an MP is against him”. “If you (the deputies) say, then I am ready to leave the position of CM. It is not a question of numbers but how many are against me. I will leave if even a person or a deputy is against me. is very shameful for me if even a single MP is against me,” he added.
If you (the deputies) say so, then I am ready to leave the post of CM. It’s not a matter of numbers, but how many are against me. I will leave if even a person or a deputy is against me. It is very shameful for me if even a single MP is against me: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray pic.twitter.com/RRWuUVHzj2 — ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2022
Thackeray also said he was ready to step down as leader of the Shiv Sena.
“Some people say this is not Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena. They should say what Bala Saheb’s thoughts were. This is the same Shiv Sena he was in his ‘Hindutva’ time is our life,” he declared.
It is true that I have not been able to meet anyone in recent months because of my surgery and my state of health. But now I started meeting people: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray pic.twitter.com/gSfScu5hp3 — ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2022
Shortly after Thackeray’s speech, the CMO of Maharashtra tweeted a list of cabinet decisions made by the CM on Wednesday.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition government led by Uddhav Thackeray is considering dissolution after Shinde claimed he had enough support from MPs to topple the government.
The MVA comprises the Shiv Sena, Congress and the NCP.
With contributions from agencies
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