Maha crisis: CM Thackeray leaves official residence Varsha for family home Matoshree

Updated on Jun 22, 2022 10:48 PM IST

Maharashtra political crisis: Amid reports of Sharad Pawar advising Thackeray on giving up the top job to the rebel leader, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said no such discussions happened during the NCP leader's visit to the CM's residence. 

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray leaves his official residence Varsha on Wednesday. (ANI grab)
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray leaves his official residence Varsha on Wednesday. (ANI grab)
By | Written by Sohini Goswami

Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray left his official residence Varsha and moved back to Matoshree, the residence of Thackeray family at Bandra, Mumbai. The move comes amid a massive political crisis in the western state following a rebellion by disgruntled Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who is currently camping in BJP-ruled Assam with a large number party MLAs.

Read here for live updates on the crisis

The CM left his official residence amid chants ‘Uddhav tum aage badho, hum tumhare saath hain’ (Uddhav, you go ahead, we are with you). Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray along with his mother Rashmi Thackeray and brother Tejas Thackeray also left Varsha along with the chief minister.

The chief minister, in his virtual address to the state, said he is ready to resign from the post even if a single MLA from the party has lost their trust in him, but asked them to meet him and say it on his face.

Breaking his silence over the revolt, Thackeray said he has no hunger for the CM's chair, but wanted to know if the rebellion will help bring back another Shiv Sainik to the post.

Watch | Uddhav greets Sena supporters chanting ‘hum tumhare saath hain’

Shinde has said the Sena needs to come out of the “unnatural alliance” for the party's survival. Thackeray heads a coalition government with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress.

Meanwhile, amid reports of Pawar advising Thackeray on giving up the top job to the rebel leader, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said no such discussions happened during the NCP leader's visit to the CM's residence.

“Uddhav Thackeray is Maharashtra chief minister and he will remain so,” he said.

(With inputs from Mumbai bureau)

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