Maharashtra crisis: Eknath Shinde likely to get Dy CM's post
Mumbai, Jun 30: Rebel leader Eknath Shinde is likely to get the Deputy CM's post after forming the government with the BJP.
Amid rebellion, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray stepped down on Wednesday, bringing to an end a tumultuous two-and-a-half-year tenure. While the BJP is expected to form government in Maharashtra on July 1.
Stating that he was not interested "in playing the numbers' game," Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said he was resigning from his post.
"I am also quitting as member of Legislative Council," Thackeray said in a webcast, while appealing the workers of his party not to take to the streets in protest.
A chartered flight carrying the breakaway MLAs landed at the Dabolim airport in Goa on Wednesday night from Guwahati. They are staying in a luxury hotel at Dona Paula. "We will hold a meeting on Thursday to decide our future course of action," Deepak Kesarkar, the spokesperson of the rebel group, told a television channel.
He said the decision will be taken by Shinde after talks. Kesarkar said a decision on when to leave Goa for Mumbai is yet to be taken. "Whether to leave on Thursday or Friday is yet to be decided," he said.
Thackeray's announcement came minutes after the Supreme Court refused to stay Maharashtra Governor's direction to the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress Maha Vikas Aghadi government to take a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday.
He had no regret leaving his post, Thackeray, who was facing a rebellion by majority of Shiv Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde, said. Thackeray, who heads the Shiv Sena, appealed to Sena workers to allow the rebel legislators to return and not take to the streets in protest.