A revolt against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray by his second-in-command and senior Minister, Eknath Shinde, on Wednesday turned into a battle for the control of the Shiv Sena. In an emotional address to the people over Facebook, Mr. Thackeray said he would resign as Chief Minister and leave even the Sena’s top position if the party workers told him to do so to his face.
Later in the evening, Mr. Thackeray moved from the Chief Minister’s official residence in south Mumbai to his family’s Matoshri bungalow in suburban Bandra — a declaration he made in the speech. Thousands of Sena workers lined up on the road to Matoshri as a show of strength.
Mr. Thackeray, now COVID-positive, said: “We joined hands with Congress and NCP [Nationalist Congress Party], but it’s not they who are telling me to quit. The sad part for me is that my own people [Shiv Sainiks] have lost trust in me. I considered them mine; I don’t know about them. I am ready to resign. But come and meet me face-to-face. Tell me that I should quit on my face and I will resign.”