Digital Desk: Uddhav Thackeray, the chief minister of Maharashtra, said on Wednesday that he was having his letter of resignation ready but invited the dissident MLAs to come and tell him directly that they did not trust him.
He did, however, add that after he steps down as chief minister, he would like someone from the Sena to succeed him.
Balasaheb Thackeray had taught the party officials that the Shiv Sena will never forsake the Hindutva, according to Thackeray, who spoke to the state via a Facebook Live session.
Thackeray asserted that as long as the average Shiv Sainiks are on his side, he is not afraid of any challenge. He stated that what hurt him was the realisation that it was not the Congress or NCP that had lost faith in him. "How many are against me, not how many there are. If even one individual or MLA is against me, I'm out. If even one MLA is against me, it would be extremely embarrassing for me. If any MLA says they don't want me as chief, if my own people don't want me in the CM position,
“But face me and explain to me why you went to Surat. I wouldn't engage in a fight over the chair. “ Said the CM.
“I did not have any experience but I took the responsibility of the chief minister's post. The Congress and NCP, who we had fought for 25-30 years, became our allies. During a call with Sharad Pawar, he asked me to take up the role of CM as both parties had senior people. Till now, everyone has given their cooperation.
"In a Modi wave in 2014, we gained 63 legislators. Many of those asking inquiries after that were ministers. Balasaheb's Shiv Sena was also there. Although some claim that this is not the Shiv Sena founded by Balasaheb Thackeray, we exactly adhere to his teachings.
We don't want to get into it, but several MLAs are calling us to report that they were brought forcibly to Surat.
There has been a strong buzz in the state that Thackeray, who tested positive for Covid-19 earlier in the day, might put in his papers as the turmoil following the flight of rebel Sena leader Eknath Shinde with more than 30 legislators to Assam where the BJP is in power. The rebel camp had left Maharashtra a day ago for another BJP-ruled state, Gujarat, where it stayed for about a day in Surat.
In an ultimatum to all party MLAs, the Shiv Sena—one of the three parties that make up the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA)—asked them to attend a legislative party meeting in Mumbai at 5 p.m.; those who failed to do so would be deemed to have left the party voluntarily.
Soon after, the Shinde camp wrote to the governor and deputy speaker claiming that Bharat Gogawale had been chosen as chief whip because it had the necessary number of supporters and that the 5pm meeting was unlawful.