Uddhav Thackeray, The Reluctant Politician Who Unexpectedly Became Maharashtra CM

Thackeray expressed his gratitude to those who have supported him and continue to do so, including the NCP and Congress

The court had ruled that Thackeray must prove his majority tomorrow in the assembly. (Photo Credit: PTI)

New Delhi: Minutes after the Supreme Court ruled against him, Uddhav Thackeray, in a speech on Facebook, said he is resigning as Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The court had ruled that Thackeray must prove his majority tomorrow in the assembly.

Announcing his resignation, he said, “I had come (to power) in an unexpected manner and I am going out in a similar fashion. I am not going away forever, I will be here, and I will once again sit in Shiv Sena Bhawan. I will gather all my people. I am resigning as the CM and as an MLC.”

Thackeray also expressed his gratitude to those who have supported him and continue to do so, including the NCP and Congress. “I want to express my gratitude to the people of NCP and Congress that they supported me. From Shiv Sena, Anil Parab, Subhash Desai and Aaditya Thackeray, these people were only present when the proposal was passed, while NCP and Cong’s people also supported the proposal,” said Thackeray.

Maharashtra Political Crisis

Immediately after the Legislative council election results, Eknath Shinde disappeared and could not be contacted. On 21 June 2022, a meeting was called by Uddhav Thackeray with all his MLAs but 10-12 MLAs were also found unreachable. 11 MLAs of the Shiv Sena, led by Shinde, flew to Surat city, in the BJP-governed state of Gujarat. Shinde was removed from the post of the Shiv Sena party whip. Shinde removed the word Shiv Sena from his Twitter profile. In his hotel in Surat, he had several meetings with the BJP leaders.

When Eknath Shinde, a senior Shiv Sena politician, and several other MLAs from the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance moved to Surat in BJP-ruled Gujarat on June 21, 2022, the coalition was thrown into disarray. The group eventually relocated to Guwahati, Assam, another BJP-ruled state. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut accused the BJP of fomenting a rebellion inside the Shiv Sena and attempting to destabilise the MVA coalition government.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray resigned from his job as well as his MLC membership while speaking live on social media ahead of a no-confidence motion on June 29th, 2022.

Thackrey: The Gamechanger Of Maha Politics

In 2019, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra, capping off a month-long political drama in the state following the Assembly elections. Thackeray was the first member of his family to occupy the top post and the third from Shiv Sena after Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane.

The 59-year-old was appointed as the working president of the party in 2003. In 2004, Bal Thackeray announced him as the next party chief. Having entered politics at a late age, Uddhav has had a short span of time to prove his mettle in his party and the state. Under his capable guidance, his party swept several local and state elections.

Though he does not have the oratory skills and the charm of his father or cousin, Thackeray was seen as a shrewd politician. He consolidated his position within the party by meeting regularly with local party workers and creating a fresh set of loyalists around him, even as he continued to seek the guidance of some party veterans.

After the death of Bal Thackeray in 2012, murmurs grew within the party that the mild-mannered Thackeray would not be able to lead the party. Over the years, though, Thackeray had proved everyone wrong. He has managed to deal with tough challenges including the ascent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In 2014, riding on the Modi wave that had brought it to power in the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP snapped its long-standing alliance with the Sena ahead of that year’s assembly polls. This was Thackeray’s first major electoral challenge. At the height of the Modi wave, the Sena managed to win 63 seats, which was an increase of 21 seats as compared to the 2009 polls. However realising that the need for keeping his flock together was bigger than taking a principled stand, he joined the BJP government even though his party felt it was given a raw deal. In 2019 too, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Thackeray chose to partner with the BJP but claimed that this was a more equal alliance.

Who Is Uddhav Thackrey?

Born on July 27, 1960, in Mumbai, Thackeray is the son of late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and is a graduate of JJ School of Arts and a published author. He is also a professional photographer whose work has appeared in various magazines and has been showcased at numerous exhibitions.

Thackeray was also the editor-in-chief of ‘Saamana’, a prominent Marathi newspaper which was founded by his father. He was handed over the responsibility of managing the party during the 2002 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, in which Shiv Sena performed well.

Thackeray is married to Rashmi Thackeray and has two sons, Aaditya and Tejas.

(With Inputs from ANI)

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