Mumbai (Maharashtra): Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray is ready to resign and would not like to fight for the post of CM even if one MLA was against him.
Mr Thackeray spoke shortly after 30 Shiv Sena MLAs wrote to the Governor backing rebel Eknath Shinde as their leader.
Thackeray said, ‘If you (MLAs) say, then I am ready to leave the CM post. It’s not about numbers but how many are against me. I will leave if even one person or MLA is against me. It’s very shameful for me if even a single MLA is against me.”
He further stated,” CM posts will come and go but the real asset is the affection of the people. In the past 2 years, I was fortunate enough to get a lot of affection from people.”
Emphasising that he was ready to resign, he said, “I am ready to give my resignation to the MLAs, they should come here and take my resignation to Raj Bhavan. I am ready to leave the post of Shiv Sena party head also, not on the saying of others but my workers.”
He lamented, that his MLAs shifted to Surat rather than speak with him and said, “But when my own people (MLAs) don’t want me what I can say. If they had something against me, what was the need of saying all this in Surat, they could have come here and said this to my face.”
On the formation of the MVA government in 2019, he said, “When all 3 parties came together in 2019, Sharad Pawar told me that I had to take the responsibility of CM post. I didn’t even have prior experience. But I took the responsibility. Sharad Pawar & Sonia Gandhi helped me a lot, they kept their faith in me.”
On allegations that Shiv Sena was no longer the party that Bala sahib created, Thackeray said, “Some people say that it’s not Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena. They should tell what were the thoughts of Bala Saheb. This is the same Shiv Sena that it was at his time ‘Hindutva’ is our life.”