Maharashtra CM vacates official residence amid revolt in Shiv Sena

Maharashtra Political Crisis: Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray recently left his official residence Varsha and moved back to Matoshree, the residence of Thackeray family at Bandra, Mumbai after offering to quit the top post.

Key Highlights:

  • The move comes amid high drama as the political crisis in the western state following a rebellion by disgruntled Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who is currently camping in BJP-ruled Assam with a large number party MLAs.
  • Party workers raised slogans and showered petals on the CM as he left his official house along with his family members
  • As the CM left, chants of "Uddhav tum aage badho, hum tumhare saath hain"  (Uddhav, you go ahead, we are with you) were heard.
  • In the 56-year history of the group, Mr. Shinde's rebellion is the most significant because it poses a threat to topple the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra, whereas previous uprisings occurred when the party was not in charge of the State.
  • Mr. Shinde is a Cabinet Minister who fled with a number of Shiv Sena MLAs.

Thackeray heads a coalition government with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress. He became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra in November 2019.