Incumbent Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced his resignation following a vote of no-confidence today. The decision to resign was announced during a live broadcast on the internet.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation while addressing a press conference on Facebook.
Uddhav Thackeray has also announced his resignation as a member of the Legislative Council.
The resignation was announced as disgruntled MLAs led by Minister Eknath Shinde raised the banner of protest against the ruling Maha Vikas Agathi alliance in Maharashtra.
At about nine o’clock in the morning, the Supreme Court directed that a vote of confidence be held at 11 a.m. today and that the legislators involved in the disqualification notice also vote.
Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation shortly after the court ruling. Political observers say this will lead to various changes in Maharashtra state politics.
The disgruntled MLAs had raised the banner that the Maha Vikas Agathi should withdraw from the alliance and form an alliance with the BJP.
Following the Deputy Speaker’s notice to disqualify 16 MLAs, including Eknath Shinde, a case was filed in the Supreme Court against it.
The Shiv Sena has given the disgruntled MLAs until the 12th to respond to the disqualification notice. In this context, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had written a letter to the Secretary to the Legislative Assembly asking Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to prove a majority in the Assembly by 5 pm today.
Uddhav Thackeray’s party has appealed to the Supreme Court against this. The Chief Minister has announced his resignation today, ahead of a no-confidence vote today.