Uddhav Thackeray resigned today after the Supreme Court allowed a no-trust vote to be held tomorrow in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. But the court said that both parties will have two days to file a rejoinder, and the final result of no-trust vote will be dependent on the outcome of the writ petition. The petitions, if any, will be heard on July 11.
“We respect the Supreme Court judgment. Democracy must be followed,” Uddhav Thackeray said in an Facebook live today, announcing that he was quitting as Chief Minister as well as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council. He then left for the Governor’s residence to hand over his resignation.
“I don’t want a hand in the blood of Shiv Sainiks that may be spilled tomorrow. I came to power unexpectedly, and I’m exiting in a similar fashion. Sena is one family, will not let it be pulled apart. I am not going anywhere, I will gather all our supporters, we will recoup,” he added.
Eknath Shinde has claimed the support of nearly 40 Sena MLAs, thus pushing it the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, comprising Shiv Sena, Sharad Pawar’s (NCP), and Congress to the brink of collapse.
Sources suggest that Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP will offer Shinde the position of deputy chief minister as he gets ready to stake out the government and take over as his boss.
Senior Advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul argued that a floor test can never be postponed and that it was the “only way to determine political accountability and avoid horse trading” earlier in the day, when the Supreme Court was hearing a request by Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu challenging the Maharashtra Governor’s direction to hold a floor test in the Assembly at 11 am tomorrow.