Those who used to drive autorickshaws, we made them MLAs, Uddhav’s speech on Eknath Shinde as parting note IG News

Moments after the Supreme Court paved the way for a floor test, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray resigned as chief minister and member of the Legislative Council. Addressing the media, Uddhav took a dig at rebel Eknath Shinde without naming him and said, “Those who used to drive auto-rickshaws, handcarts, we made them MPs, MLAs. Those to whom I give everything have done this.”

Before joining politics, Shinde was an auto-rickshaw and tempo driver who rose from humble beginnings.

However, he is not going away forever, Uddhav said in an emotional speech. “I will be here, and I will once again sit in Shiv Sena Bhavan. I will gather all my people.”

“I will not regret leaving the CM post, I will form a new Shiv Sena again,” he said, adding, “I want to express my gratitude to the people of NCP and Congress for supporting me.”

Sources said Uddhav’s resignation was sent to the governor by Shiv Sena MLA Anil Parab, who said it had been accepted.

Uddhav had signaled his exit earlier in the day when he chaired the cabinet meeting. In the meeting, Uddhav said that his own people have betrayed him. An official said Thackeray told his cabinet colleagues that he was betrayed by his own people. “If I have inadvertently hurt anyone, I also apologize,” the official quoted Thackeray as saying.

Uddhav also thanked all the people present in the meeting. “He thanked the cabinet for their cooperation and said that the cooperation will continue,” Congress minister Sunil Kedar told reporters.

Some major decisions were passed in the last cabinet meeting of the MVA government as it renamed two cities and an airport. Cabinet decides to rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar, while Navi Mumbai airport to be named DB Patil
The name of the international airport will be Dharashiv instead of Balasaheb Thackeray and Osmanabad.

(with PTI inputs)

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