Assam: A rebellion against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray by his senior minister and second-in-command Eknath Shinde has devolved into a struggle for party leadership.
On Wednesday, Thackeray declared that he would step down as Chief Minister and even as the leader of the party if his fellow party members advised him. Thackeray insisted that he has always surmounted challenges and that he was prepared to do so in the future. He also stated that he would not mind being replaced as the CM by another Sena employee.
We formed forces with Congress and the NCP (Nationalist Congress Party), but it's not they who are telling me to go, Thackeray, who has tested positive for COVID-19, wrote in an impassioned Facebook post. That my own people, the Shiv Sainiks, no longer believe me is a terrible aspect for me. I thought of them as mine; I know nothing about them.
I'm prepared to step down. But please come and talk to me in person. I will resign if you tell me to quit right away.
However, Shinde, who is currently stationed in Guwahati, Assam, with a group of MLAs who support him, has been claiming the backing of the majority of Shiv Sena MLAs and urging the Sena to join forces with the BJP in order to advance Hindu nationalism by cutting ties with the Congress and the NCP.