Uddhav Thackeray, sons visit temple after being fired

Uddhav Thackeray, powerless in Maharashtra and marginalized in the party founded by his father, closed the day with a visit to a temple in Mumbai. He was accompanied by his sons Aaditya Thackeray and Tejas Thackeray.

The eight-day political drama that began with the uprising of Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde ended today with Thackeray’s digital speech announcing his resignation.

The move came when the Supreme Court ruled that his government must take the floor test tomorrow, as ordered by the governor. Until about 15 MLAs after Shinde’s rebellion, Team Thackeray had asked the court to stop the floor test.

Shortly after the webcast, Thackeray went to the governor and handed over his letter of resignation.

In the emotional speech, Thackeray said he was “betrayed” by his own.

“Congress leader Ashok Chavan told me that if the rebels want it, Congress would leave the government and provide outside support. Those who were expected to dump me stood next to me as mine left me,” he said.

Referring to the rebels, he said, ‘What were your problems? Instead of going to Surat and Guwahati, you could have come directly to me and give your opinion… Shiv Sena is a party of the common man and has successfully faced several challenges”.

Thackeray, sources said, had tried to resign twice since Eknath Shinde’s uprising sparked the massive political crisis. Both times he was discouraged by Sharad Pawar, the head of the ally

Nationalist Congress party that had signed the alliance two years ago.

The BJP, the silent partner in Eknath Shinde’s uprising, started partying tonight. However, Devendra Fadnavis, who was expected to lay claim to forming a government, declined to disclose the plans. “We’ll tell you everything tomorrow,” Fadnavis told reporters

Eknath Shinde claimed he has the backing of 40 Shiv Sena MLAs and a further nine Independents. Sources indicated that he is likely to join the government as a deputy to Fadnavis.

Shinde had claimed in court that he was the real Shiv Sena and portrayed Mr Thackeray as the leader of a “hopeless minority” trying to stay in power.