Uddhav Thackeray, the chief minister of Maharashtra, travelled from his official residence in south Mumbai to his family home in the suburb of Bandra on Wednesday night (June 22), hours after pledging to resign amid mutiny by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde. The chief minister left Varsha, his official residence, for Matoshree, the Thackeray family’s private villa, amid much drama as the political crisis that has beset his administration since Shinde’s uprising two days ago showed no signs of abating. Leaders of the Shiv Sena including Chandrakant Khaire and Neelam Gorhe were present at “Varsha” while Thackeray was leaving the official home.
Around 9.50 p.m., the CM and his family exited his official house, and party members shouted slogans and rained petals on them.
His personal items were earlier spotted being placed into automobiles in suitcases. Chants of “Uddhav tum aage badho, hum tumhare saath hain” could be heard as the CM walked away.
As Uddhav departed the Chief Minister’s official residence in Mumbai, Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray, his mother Rashmi Thackeray, and brother Tejas Thackeray were all visible.
Thackeray had stated he would be leaving “Varsha” and relocating to “Matoshree” during a “Facebook Live” session in the evening. After taking office as chief minister in November 2019, Thackeray—who also leads the Shiv Sena—moved to “Varsha.” Sanjay Raut, the principal spokesperson for the Shiv Sena, however, insisted that despite the mutiny by some party MLAs, Thackeray would not step down and that the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) will demonstrate its majority in the Assembly if necessary. The MVA also includes the NCP and the Congress.
Thackeray had previously claimed that MLAs who had sided with Eknath Shinde had been calling them. They are alleging to have been taken away without their will, he said. Shinde has stated that leaving the “unnatural partnership” in the state was crucial for the party’s (Shiv Sena) survival. The Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition, which rules Maharashtra, was mentioned by Shinde. The Sena is in a coalition with the Congress and Sharad Pawar’s NCP. According to Shinde, the Shiv Sainiks lost ground while the coalition’s constituent parties gained.