Hours before Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced hisIndia Today broke the news about his possible resignation.
At 7pm, India Today Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai broke the news that Uddhav Thackeray had informed his Cabinet ministers today that he would resign as the chief minister if the Supreme Court refuses to stay the floor test in the Assembly.
At around 9:40 pm, Uddhav Thackeray announced his decision to quit as Maharashtra CM via webcast on Wednesday night.
Stating that he was not interested “in playing the numbers’ game,” Uddhav Thackeray announced, “I am also quitting as member of Legislative Council.”
He appealed to Shiv Sena workers not to take to the streets in protest.
Uddhav Thackeray’s announcement came minutes after the Supreme Court refused to stay Maharashtra Governor’s direction to the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, comprising of Shiv Sena, Congress, and the NCP- to take a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday.
Uddhav Thackeray, who was facing a rebellion by majority of Shiv Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde, said that he has no regret about resigning from the top post.
“I thank Shiv Sainiks for standing by me. Those who grew politically because of Shiv Sena were disgruntled, while those who did not get anything were loyal,” Uddhav Thackeray said.