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Maharashtra crisis: Uddhav Thackeray meets NCP's Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule
Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra crisis: Uddhav Thackeray meets NCP's Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule

| @indiablooms | 22 Jun 2022, 08:51 pm

Mumbai/IBNS: The highly anticipated meeting between Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, and Supriya Sule has concluded at the CM's residence in Mumbai amid the massive political crisis in Maharashtra.

Following the meeting, Thackeray was seen coming out of his residence to greet his supporters.

According to NDTV reports, the Congress and Sharad Pawar have suggested that Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde be named the Chief Minister of the state.

Thackeray's government, consisting of three parties- the Sena, the Congress and Sharad Pawar's NCP - came to power in 2019 and was architected by Pawar.

Earlier in the evening, Uddhav Thackeray denied allegations of rebel MLA Eknath Shinde and his supporters that he has moved from party's founder and his father Balasaheb Thackeray's ideology and challenged his detractors to face him upfront.

"If my own people don't want me as Chief Minister, he should come to me and say so... I'm ready to step down… I am Balasaheb's son, I am not after a position," Thackeray said in an emotional Facebook address this evening.

"Both Kamal Nath and Sharad Pawar called me yesterday and said they have faith in me. If my own people don't want me as Chief Minister, he should walk up to me and say so.. I'm ready to resign," Uddhav Thackeray said in a Facebook address this evening.

His address was a response to Sena rebel Eknath Shinde, who along with his followers, submitted a letter to the Governor and Deputy Speaker in the state assembly.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's troubles escalated as 34 MLAs wrote to state's Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, affirming support for Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde, a day after Uddhav Thackeray sacked him.

The rebels have said they were extremely unhappy over Uddhav Thackeray's alliance with Congress and NCP, whose ideologies were opposed to that of the party founded by Balasaheb Thackeray.

They also pointed out the corruption committed by NCP leaders Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh and other administrative issues.

Eknath Shinde also tweeted, flouting the whip issued by Uddhav Thackeray's nominee Sunil Prabhu that all Sena MLAs must attend the 5 pm meet or they will be considered out of the party.

The rebel MLAs said Bharat Gogavale has been appointed as the Chief Representative of Shiv Sena Legislature which cancels the appointment of Sunil Prabhu as the chief whip.

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