Uddhav Thackeray: Ready to resign if even one MLA objects to me as CM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asserted today that he would “not fight for the chair” and was ready to resign if even one MLA objects to him as CM.

He said his party Shiv Sena “will never give up Hindutva” in his first address since a rebel crisis exploded in his party two days ago.

“I will resign if even one MLA objects to me as Chief Minister. I am keeping my resignation letter ready. You tell me you want me to resign,” Uddhav Thackeray said.

Thackeray spoke shortly after 30 Shiv Sena MLAs wrote to the Governor backing rebel Eknath Shinde as their leader.

“I am getting calls from MLAs who have gone with Eknath Shinde; they are claiming that they were forcibly taken away,” Thackeray said.

The rebel MLAs, who are at a hotel in Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam, wrote to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari that Eknath Shinde is still the legislative party leader of the Shiv Sena a day after Uddhav Thackeray sacked him for his act of rebellion.

Uddhav Thackeray’s grip on the party founded by his father Bal Thackeray appeared to loosen further as Eknath Shinde, calling the shots, overruled his “5 pm meeting” ultimatum to MLAs.