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Timeline: From Shinde's Rebellion To Thackeray's Resignation
A shocking turn has come to the fore in the politics of Maharashtra. Uddhav Thakar has resigned from the post of Chief Minister
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The struggle for power went on in Maharashtra for the last 9 days. After Eknath Shinde became a rebel, there has been a major political crisis in Maharashtra. Uddhav Thackeray had to struggle a lot to maintain his power.
The whole political game was based on the arithmetic of seats. The floor test was to decide whether Uddhav will remain in power in Maharashtra or the Eknath Shinde faction will form a new government in the state with any other party. But a few minutes after Supreme Court's demand for prove on party's majority seats, Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation as Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Wednesday via virtual adress. "We respect the Supreme Court judgment. Democracy must be followed," he said.
The Chief Minister and his group, that was decreased to 15 MLAs, had requested the court to stop the floor test tomorrow by the state Governor.
Here's every important episode of the political struggle that has been going on in Maharashtra since June 20.
- Elections to the Legislative Council were held on June 20 and soon after the election, senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde went missing and no one could trace his location.
- Later the news emerged that Eknath Shinde was staying with 11 MLAs in Surat of the BJP-ruled state of Gujarat.
- The next day Uddhav Thackeray called a meeting with all his MLAs. After this, 10-12 more Shiv Sena MLAs were not in Maharashtra.
- Eknath Shinde was removed from the post of whip of Shiv Sena party.
- Shiv Sena, feared not to lose more MLAs, kept the rest of its MLAs in different hotels in Mumbai.
- Eknath Shinde asks Uddhav Thackeray to break MVA alliance and form government with BJP.
- Shinde claimed that he has the support of more than 40 MLAs.
- Shinde needed the support of more than 37 MLAs (two-thirds of the total strength of 55) to avoid disqualification under anti-defection laws in India.
- On June 22, Shinde reached Guwahati in Assam with 40 MLAs.
- In the evening of the same day, Uddhav Thackeray announced that he was ready to step down as the leader of the alliance and the chief minister.
- After this he left the official Chief Minister's residence Varsha with the family and shifted to his private residence Matoshree.
- Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut accused the BJP of revolting within the Shiv Sena and trying to topple the MVA coalition government.
- On June 23, Shinde and 37 MLAs declared Shinde the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party.
- On June 24, Shiv Sena filed a petition against the rebel MLAs and demanded that Maharashtra Assembly Deputy Speaker Narhari Jirwal disqualify 16 MLAs of the Shinde camp. Jirwal met Shiv Sena leaders and later also met the Advocate General of Maharashtra for a legal opinion.
- Two independent MLAs supporting the BJP moved a no-confidence motion against Jirwal. This no-confidence vote signed by 34 MLAs was rejected by Jirwal as the petition was sent through an anonymous e-mail.
- On the same day, Eknath Shinde reportedly met Home Minister Amit Shah and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Vadodara, Gujarat. According to sources, the plan of merger or alliance to topple the MVA government was discussed in this meeting.
- On June 26, Shinde moved the Supreme Court over the rejection of the no-confidence vote against the deputy speaker.
- On 27 June, the Supreme Court of India fixed the next hearing on 11 July and directed Deputy Speaker Jirwal to file a detailed affidavit regarding the no-confidence motion against him.
- On June 28, sources said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had met Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis twice to save the government.
- Uday Samant clarified that he reached Guwahati after getting fed up with the conspiracy being hatched by allies to weaken the Shiv Sena party for the past few days.
- Meanwhile, it also emerged that BJP is working behind the scenes to form the government in Maharashtra. According to media reports, BJP and Eknath Shinde faction have also discussed the possible cabinet. The BJP will have 28 cabinet ministers, which will include 18 cabinet ministers and 10 state ministers. Reports said that the Shinde faction will be given six cabinet posts and six ministers of state.
- Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with the BJP delegation met the Governor and demanded a floor test.
- Hearing the petition of the rebel MLAs, the Supreme Court ordered a floor test on June 30. Shortly after the Supreme Court's decision, Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation from the post of Chief Minister of Maharashtra.