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No Fear No Favour


By: Vikas Mavi

Former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

30 JUNE, 2022 (NEW DELHI): The political avalanche in Maharashtra politics seems to have slowed down, but now is the time to measure the overall impact of this political crisis. The inevitable has happened, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has resigned from his post. As per the political pundits, once Udhhav left Varsha Bungalow (CM’s residence), it was a clear sign that all is over and it is only a matter of time before he resigns. However, the former CM still had hope that the honorable supreme court of India will stay the floor test ordered by the governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyar.  But, the apex court declined, running low on numbers Uddhav Thackeray resigned a day before the test.

The last wish

He announced his resignation on Facebook and said, “ I have no regrets about leaving the CM’s chair. Whatever I did, I did it for Marathi people and Hindutva. Today, in front of everyone, I am announcing my resignation as CM of the state”. His speech lasted 15 minutes, he said he was also resigning as MLC. But, before leaving, he said he was happy that he could fulfill his father’s wish of renaming Aurangabad and Osmanabad. He also mentioned that it was his life’s wish to fulfill it, “ Today there was a cabinet meeting and I am satisfied that my life’s wish has been fulfilled. The initial idea to rename Aurangabad, mooted by Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray, has been fulfilled and we have renamed it, Sambhji Nagar. We have also renamed Osmanbad as Dharashiv,” he said.

Uddhav also thanked the NCP and Congress for their support. As per the media reports, earlier on the day of his resignation, Uddhav in the cabinet meeting said, “My colleagues have betrayed me. I apologize for this. This was unexpected. We did a new experiment in the county and parties of different views came together. We did not just speak, but came together and proved”. He also said, “We didn’t realize how these two and half years passed. Our relations will continue and we will pray for this. Governments come and go. In politics, there is conflict. I don’t know whether the floor test will happen. If I have hurt anyone, please forgive me”.

It was indeed a big moment in the political history of Maharashtra, where three parties with different views came together and formed the Maha Vikas Aghadi. The government lasted for 31 months but now all has come to an end. The bottled-up reservations of the Shiv Sena MLAs are now out in the open, a working government has fallen, a floor test is awaited, the opposition is preparing to stake claim, a lot is happening, but the big question remains has the tide pass?

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