• Sharad Pawar advises Uddhav Thackeray to appoint Eknath Shinde as Chief Minister

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    The Maharashtra chief minister gave an emotional speech on Facebook, lamenting the fact that his "own people" were turning against him. He said he was willing to quit, but only if his fellow Shiv Sainiks confronted him and made the demand in person.

    Digital Desk: As per latest information, Uddhav Thackeray has left his official mansion, "Varsha," this morning after delivering an emotional statement via Facebook yesterday in which he said that he is prepared to step down as Chief Minister of Maharashtra. According to media sources, Thackeray was persuaded by NCP leader Sharad Pawar to appoint rebel minister Eknath Shinde as the next chief executive.

    This has just happened a short time after Pawar, Supriya Sule, and Jitendra Awhad visited the Maharashtra CM's home. According to the most recent information, Pawar has now departed the CM's home.

    Uddhav Thackeray earlier on Wednesday admitted defeat and declared himself "ready to quit" from his position. The Maharashtra chief minister gave an emotional speech on Facebook, lamenting the fact that his "own people" were turning against him. He said he was willing to quit, but only if his fellow Shiv Sainiks confronted him and made the demand in person.

    'My own people are now questioning; ready to quit'

    "We were in opposition to Congress and the NCP for 25 to 30 years." Sharad Pawar informed me that I had to accept the responsibility of the CM post when the three parties united in 2019. I even lacked any prior knowledge. But I accepted the accountability. Both Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar gave me a lot of assistance and continued to believe in me. The fact that I became CM astonished me. But now, my own people are doubting me. If my own MLAs want me to resign, I'm willing to do so. Why are you all doing this if you all claim that you won't be undermining the Shiv Sena? Since I have COVID, I won't be visiting Raj Bhawan. The Maharashta CM added, "I am prepared to go and see the governor.

    With its support eroding below the threshold of a majority, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is out of options. Following the MLC elections, a group of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has emerged, led by dissident veteran politician and Minister Eknath Shinde.
    According to sources, the Shiv Sainik, a devoted supporter of late patriarch Balasaheb Thackeray, is dissatisfied with the alliance the party has formed with the ideologically opposed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress. In order to "not compromise on Hindutva," the leader has urged the Shiv Sena to reconnect with its "natural ally," the BJP. 

    Eknath Shinde has arrived at the Raddison Blu hotel in Guwahati, Assam, after leading his flock to Surat. There are at least 38–40 MLAs with him.


     

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