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Maharashtra crisis: Uddhav Thackeray willing to quit CM post, Shiv Sena chief says resignation letter ready

Addressing the state via Facebook Live as the crisis engulfs his government, Thackeray said some of the MLAs who had fled to Gujarat and then Assam under the leadership of Eknath Shinde had been taken forcibly.

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Amid the escalating political crisis in Maharashtra triggered by rebel Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde, the Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday addressed the people of Maharashtra and his party MLAs via Facebook Live.

In his emotional address on Facebook today, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he was keeping the resignation letter ready, but urged the rebel MLAs to come and tell him on his face that they did not have the trust is him. The Shiv Sena has not moved from his father Balasaheb Thackeray’s ideology and challenged critics to come and ask him to step down, he said, PTI quoted.

If any MLA wants him to not continue as the Chief Minister, he is ready to take all his belongings from Varsha Bungalow, the official residence of CM, to Matoshri, the Maharashtra CM said.

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Addressing the people of the state via Facebook Live as the crisis has gone deeper in the state, Thackeray said some of the MLAs who had fled to Gujarat and then Assam under the leadership of Eknath Shinde had been taken forcibly.

In his first address shortly after 30 Shiv Sena MLAs wrote to the Governor backing rebel Eknath Shinde as their leader, Maharashtra CM said his party Shiv Sena will never give up Hindutva. A blow by the own is what hurts the most, he said.

The Shiv Sena and the Hindutva are the two sides of the same coin, Thackeray said.

Rebel Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde to brief media today evening in Guwahati, Assam, ANI reported.

Meanwhile, the 34 Shiv Sena MLAs, who are part of the breakaway faction, passed a resolution appointing Eknath Shinde as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature party.

In 288-member assembly in Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray’s ruling Shiv Sena has 55 MLAs, followed by allies Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (53) and the Congress (44). The majority marks are 144.

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Party time for BJP, Devendra Fadnavis says he will come again for creation of new Maharashtra

According to reports, as Uddhav Thackeray has resigned, the floor test is now void. It is likely that Devendra Fadnavis will form the government now in Maharashtra.

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The party has already started in the BJP camp as Uddhav Thackeray resigned from the position of Maharashtra Chief Minister. The videos are now all over the internet in which BJP leaders can be seen distributing sweets and shouting slogans in support of former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.

Devendra Fadnavis also met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday evening and this is indicating that the BJP is likely to take over Maharashtra and is setting off the end game.

The Maharashtra BJP also shared a video clip of Devendra Fadnavis in which he was seen speaking in Marathi. In the caption, it was written that he will come again, for the creation of a new Maharashtra! Jai Maharashtra.

While talking to the reporters, Devendra Fadnavis said that they will them everything tomorrow. Amidst this, senior BJP leader BL Santhosh said that this is the end of one of the darkest period of administration for Maharashtra. Along with ideological bankruptcy, unparalleled corruption, destruction of administrative apparatus, and halting of a vibrant economic environment the period also saw a new low for a major section of media.

According to reports, as Uddhav Thackeray has resigned, the floor test is now void. It is likely that Devendra Fadnavis will form the government now in Maharashtra.

While addressing the Facebook live address, Uddhav Thackeray said that he is resigning as the Chief Minister, he does not want a hand in the blood of Shiv Sainiks that may be spilt tomorrow. He also led an attack on the rebel MLAs and said that those whom they promoted and built up, are the ones who have betrayed them.

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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray resigns ahead of floor test

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government will go through the floor test on Thursday.

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Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray resigned from his post late Wednesday. He resigned minutes after the Supreme Court refused to stay the floor test on June 30.

Thackeray said that he had come in an unexpected manner and he is going out in the same way. He claimed that he is not going away forever and will sit in Shiv Sena Bhawan again.

In an online address, Thackeray expressed gratitude to the people of NCP and Congress for supporting him. He further said Shiv Sena leaders Anil Parab, Subhash Desai, and Aaditya Thackeray were only present when the proposal was passed. Moreover, NCP and Congress leaders also supported the proposal.

He is satisfied that he had officially renamed Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv, Thackeray concluded.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government will go through the floor test on Thursday. The bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala refused to interfere with Governor BS Koshiyari’s direction.

Uddhav Thackeray was appointed as the chief minister of Maharashtra on November 28, 2019, after a high-voltage post-electoral drama in the state. Shiv Sena, allied with Bharatiya Janata Party and contested the assembly election in an alliance.

The BJP and Shiv Sena won 105 and 56 seats respectively. Later, Shiv Sena broke the alliance and merged with NCP and Congress and formed the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

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Maharashtra government clears proposal to rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar, Osmanabad as Dharashiv

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The Maharashtra government on Wednesday approved the proposal of renaming Aurangabad and Osmanabad on Wednesday. The party decided to name the city after the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s oldest son Sambhaji. While it has been decided that Osmanabad will be named Dharashiv.

Apart from this, the Maharashtra government also approved a proposal to name the upcoming Navi Mumbai International airport after the late DY Patil. The state cabinet led by Uddhav Thackeray will likely hold a meeting on Thursday regarding the same.

The party wanted to change the name a long back but their decision comes at a time when Maharashtra is witnessing one of the worst political crises, where a group of rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde is pointing at Shiv Sena’s core ideology.

The rebelling MLAs have criticised the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena’s commitment to Hindutva is now getting diverted, and the team Thackrey slowly is getting losing its core ideology and doing what secular parties like the Congress and the NCP want them to do.

Meanwhile, the first attempt to change the name of the city has been made in 1995 when the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) passed a resolution on the same. Then Chief Minister Manohar Joshi issued an official public notification, where he asked the people their opinion and objections to renaming the city’s name. However, things did not turn out. A Congress corporator, Mushtaq Ahmed, challenged it in the Bombay High Court. Then the case went to the Supreme Court.

As far as the name of the city is concerned, it was built-in in 1610 by Malik Ambar of the Nizam Shahi dynasty, the city was initially known as Khadki. Later, during the rule of Aurangzeb, the city has been named after him Aurangabad.

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