Uddhav Thackeray resigns as Supreme Court refuses to stay floor test

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray arrives at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai to submit his resignation letter to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on June 29, 2022.

Rebel MLA leaves for Mumbai from Guwahati via Goa

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation from the post on Wednesday, moments after the Supreme Court refused to stay Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s directive to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to conduct a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday. was asked to take

“I am not the one who will be in power. From today [Wednesday] morning, notices are being sent to my workers by the police. Central forces are here. The army can be called. Those who should have been on the borders of China are here. I don’t want to see the blood of my workers flowing on the streets of Mumbai. Today, I resign from the chief minister’s post,” Mr. Thackeray said in a virtual address to the public.

Mr Thackeray said he was also resigning as a member of the Legislative Council and added that he would focus only on the work of the party. He told Shiv Sena workers, “I never said that I would return. I never wanted to stay here, but I came. From now on I will be with you completely.”

Late in the evening, Mr. Thackeray submitted his resignation to Mr. Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. The Governor accepted Mr. Thackeray’s resignation and asked him to serve as Chief Minister till alternative arrangements were made.

Earlier, in a blow to the Uddhav Thackeray faction, the Supreme Court refused to stay the floor test called by Mr Koshyari on June 30 to test the Maha Vikas Aghadi government’s claim of majority in the House.