Maharashtra Political Crisis: Uddhav Thackeray greets new CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra Politics: Uddhav Thackeray yesterday met the governor and tendered his resignation. The governor accepted the Shiv Sena chief's resignation and asked him to officiate as Maharashtra CM until an alternate arrangement is made. 

Maharashtra Political Crisis: Uddhav Thackeray greets new CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis
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Maharashtra Political Crisis: Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde has put an end to all speculations around the distribution of portfolio with the BJP and has said that there has been no discussion with the latter. He, however, said that the talks "will happen" soon. "There has been no discussion with the BJP about the distribution of ministerial seats which and how many ministerial posts, it will happen soon. Until then, please don`t believe the ministerial lists and rumours about it," Shinde tweeted in Marathi. Shinde's tweet comes after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday night tendered his resignation to state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Thackeray, accompanied by his sons Aaditya and Tejas as well as Shiv Sena leaders Neelam Gorhe and Arvind Sawant and others, met the governor at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai around 11.45 pm. Koshyari accepted the resignation and asked the Shiv Sena chief to officiate as Chief Minister until an alternate arrangement is made. 

The resignation came amid the Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government facing a floor test in the assembly. 

 

30 June 2022
21:45 PM

Maharashtra cabinet has decided to call special session of State Assembly for 2 days - on 2nd and 3rd July. On the first day of the session, Speaker elections will be completed. Speaker's post is vacant since Nana Patole's resignation.

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Maharashtra Cabinet has decided to call special session of State Assembly for 2 days - on 2nd and 3rd July. On the first day of the session, Speaker elections will be completed. Speaker's post is vacant since Nana Patole's resignation.
 

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Devendra Fadnavis will provide guidance to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, says Shiv Sena's Deepak Kesarkar.
 

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"I congratulate Eknath Shinde on his new responsibility. He showed the power of taking such a large number of MLAs to Guwahati. He inspired people to quit Shiv Sena. I don't know if it happened earlier. But it didn't happen without preparation," says NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

19:57 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Devendra Fadnavis on being sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

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19:40 PM

Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

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19:36 PM

CM-designate Eknath Shinde arrives in Raj Bhawan for the swearing-in ceremony. The ceremony is likely to begin shortly.

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17:14 PM

Shiv Sena has insulted people's verdict: Fadnavis 

"The Shiv Sena has insulted the people's verdict. Those with whom they have allied are against Hindutva," Devendra Fadnavis said at a press conference

17:13 PM

Grateful to Fadnavis: Shinde

The BJP has 120 MLAs. Even after that, Fadnavis did not accept the chief minister's post. I am grateful to him. Also thankful to PM, Amit Shah: Shinde

16:59 PM

Only Shinde's swearing-in Today

Eknath Shinde will be sworn in as maharashtra chief minister at 7.30pm on Thursday. "Support shinde for Hindutva," Fadnavis said.

16:32 PM

Maha crisis news: Eknath Shinde will become the next Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis made the announcement at a press conference. Fadnavis said shinde's swearing-in will be held alone at 7.30 pm today. "Only Shinde will take oath as CM and I will be out of the government. Fadnavis said that it will be my endeavour to run the government well. 

Devendra Fadnavis held a press conference after meeting the Governor. During this time, he said that I will stay out of the government but it will be my responsibility that the government runs properly. I hope that again there will be a government of Hindutva ideas, of Balasaheb's ideas. "I am confident that they will take forward development, OBC reservation and other issues and give justice to all.

16:30 PM

Maharashtra crisis latest news: Devendra Fadnavis and Eknath Shinde meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and stake claim to form the government.

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Maharashtra crisis latest news:

14:06 PM

Negotiations underway with Devendra Fadnavis, we will form a govt, says rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar has said that negotiations with BJP have "already started" and that "we will form a govt".

14:03 PM

Not our intention to 'hurt' Uddhav Thackeray: Rebel Shiv Sena MLA

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar has said that they didn’t indulge in any kind of celebration after Uddhav Thackeray resigned as Maharashtra CM as removing him was "not our intention".

"We are still in Shiv Sena and it is not our intention to hurt and disrespect Uddhav Thackeray," Kesarkar said.

"We are not against the Thackeray family… We are ready to talk to Uddhav Ji if he breaks the alliance with MVA but he is still with them. We still have respect for Thackeray Ji," the spokesperson of the Eknath Shinde-led camp said.

12:20 PM

'Discussions with BJP on ministerial posts soon', says Eknath Shinde after Uddhav Thackeray's govt collapses

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde has put an end to all speculations around the distribution of portfolio with the BJP and has said that there has been no discussion with the latter. He, however, said that the talks "will happen" soon.

"There has been no discussion with the BJP about the distribution of ministerial seats which and how many ministerial posts, it will happen soon. Until then, please don`t believe the ministerial lists and rumours about it," he tweeted in Marathi.

11:32 AM

Maharashtra political crisis: Eknath Shinde's meeting with rebel MLAs underway

The meeting of rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde and other MLAs is currently underway in Goa to discuss the further course of action after the Uddhav Thackeray government fell, news agency ANI has claimed.

The camp was supposed to return to Mumbai today early morning, had there been a Floor Test against the Uddhav-led MVA government.

10:51 AM

Shiv Sena not born for power, power is born for Shiv Sena: Sanjay Raut

"Shiv Sena is not born for power, power is born for Shiv Sena. This has always been Balasaheb Thackeray's mantra. We will work and come to power on our own once again," says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut after Uddhav Thackeray's resignation.

09:18 AM

Here's how Maharashtra political crisis unfolded

Process for change of regime in Maharashtra began with rebellion of several Shiv Sena MLAs under Eknath Shinde's leadership

The process for the change of regime in Maharashtra began with the rebellion of around 40 of 55 Shiv Sena MLAs under Eknath Shinde's leadership last week. They camped in Gujarat's Surat immediately after the Maharashtra MLC election results and then stayed in Assam's Guwahati for several days to decide their strategy.

Eknath Shinde-led camp got boost after Devendra Fadnavis met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari

The Eknath Shinde-led camp got a boost after BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday (June 28). Fadnavis had asked Koshyari to order a floor test of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, claiming it had lost the majority.

Maharashtra Governor calls for a special session of Assembly to hold a floor test of Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA govt

Amid the rebellion in the Shiv Sena by senior minister Eknath Shinde and other MLAs, Koshyari on Wednesday then called for a special session of the Assembly on June 30 to hold a floor test of the Uddhav Thackeray government.

In a letter dated June 28, Koshyari had written to Maharashtra Legislature's Principal Secretary and said, "A special session of the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha (legislative Assembly) shall be summoned on June 30 (Thursday) at 11 am with the only agenda of a trust vote against the chief minister, and the proceedings shall be concluded in any case by 5 pm."

Sanjay Raut terms Maharashtra Governor's order for a floor test as 'unlawful', MVA moves SC

Subsequently, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut termed the Maharashtra Governor's order for a floor test as "unlawful" and the Maha Vikas Aghadi, the coalition of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, then approached the Supreme Court against the floor test.

Floor of house only way to settle these issues of democracy, observed Supreme Court

While hearing Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu's plea against Maharashtra Governor's direction to the Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government to take a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday, the Supreme Court observed that the floor of the House is the only way to settle these issues of democracy. A vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala also asked senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Prabhu, how can floor test impacts the disqualification process or interfere with the powers of the speaker to conduct disqualification proceeding.

"Our understanding is that floor of the house is the only way to settle these issues of democracy," the bench observed.

Singhvi told the apex court that people who have changed sides do not reflect the will of the people and heavens won't fall if the floor test is not held tomorrow (Thursday). He argued that the court must not allow a floor test to be held till the deputy speaker decides on the disqualification petition against some rebel MLAs.

Uddhav Thackeray quits as Maharashtra CM

Minutes after the Supreme Court refused to stay Maharashtra Governor's direction to MVA government to take a floor test in the Assembly, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he was resigning from his post and tendered his resignation to the Governor around 11:45 PM. Stating that he was not interested "in playing the numbers' game," Thackeray also said in a webcast that he is quitting as a member of the Legislative Council. 

He had no regret leaving his post, Thackeray, 62, said.

"Let the rebels who grew politically because of Shiv Sena and Balasaheb Thackeray get joy and satisfaction of pulling down his son from the post of chief minister," Uddhav Thackeray said. "I don't want to get into the numbers' game. It would be shameful for me to see if even one of my own party colleagues stands against me," he said.

He also thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar for their cooperation and support while running the MVA government.

"Congress leader Ashok Chavan told me that if the rebels want, Congress would get out of the government and extend outside support. Those who were expected to ditch me, stood by me while my own left me," he said.

Referring to the rebels, he said, "What were your problems? Instead of going to Surat and Guwahati, you could have come to me directly and expressed your views. " Shiv Sena is a party of the common man and has faced several challenges successfully, Uddhav Thackeray said, adding he would rebuild the party.

All eyes are now on Raj Bhavan to see when does Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invite the BJP to form the next government in the state.

08:53 AM

No need for a floor test now: Maharashtra Assembly Secretary tells all MLAs 

Maharashtra Assembly Secretary Rajendra Bhagwat has informed all state MLAs that as per Governor's orders, there's no need for a floor test now.

08:05 AM

After Uddhav Thackeray's resignation as Maharashtra CM, all eyes now on BJP

After Uddhav Thackeray's resignation as Maharashtra CM, the focus is now on BJP as its leaders are expected to meet the Governor to stake claim to form the next government in the state. According to various media reports, the swearing-in of the Devendra Fadnavis-led ministry may take place as early as Friday.

08:03 AM

Uddhav Thackeray visits temple after quitting as Maharashtra CM

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray offered prayers at a temple in Mumbai after submitting his resignation as Maharashtra Chief Minister to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Uddhav Thackeray was accompanied by sons Aaditya and Tejas Thackeray at the temple.

07:14 AM

Former Maharashtra CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis holds a crucial meeting

Former Maharashtra CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting with BJP and independent MLAs late night on Wednesday in Mumbai.

07:11 AM

Devendra Fadnavis, rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde to decide next course of action: Maharashtra BJP chief

After Uddhav Thackeray's resignation, Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil has said that BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis and rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde will now decide the next course of action.

To a question about the BJP's next move, as it is the single largest party in the Maharashtra legislative assembly, Patil said, "The next steps will be decided by Fadnavis and Eknath Shinde." He also said BJP workers "should observe restraint in victory."

07:08 AM

Maharashtra Political Crisis Live Updates: Governor accepts Uddhav Thackeray's resignation, asks him to stay as caretaker CM

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday night tendered his resignation to state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Thackeray was accompanied by his sons Aaditya and Tejas as well as some Shiv Sena leaders and met the governor at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai around 11.45 pm. Koshyari accepted the resignation and asked the Shiv Sena chief to officiate as Chief Minister until an alternate arrangement is made. 

The resignation came amid the Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government facing a floor test in the assembly.

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