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Rajat Sharma Blog: How Uddhav Thackeray Caused His Own Downfall | Uddhav Thackeray is responsible for his political failure

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India TV Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma.

Nine days of political chaos in Maharashtra came to an end on Wednesday night when Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray submitted his resignation letter to the Governor. A new coalition government will be formed on Thursday, with the BJP handing over the reins to Shiv Sena’s rebel chief Eknath Shinde. Eknath Shinde takes over as Chief Minister. Other ministers will be sworn in later.

Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation through social media at night, minutes after losing the Supreme Court. A vacation bench of the Supreme Court, after a four-hour hearing, refused to stay the Governor’s order on the trust vote in the Assembly. “We do not stay the governor’s order to hold the trust vote at 11 am tomorrow, although the outcome of the trust vote will depend on the final outcome of (Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu’s) petition,” the court said.

Minutes later, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray went live on Facebook and announced his resignation in a 15-minute speech. Before announcing his resignation, he said, ‘I don’t want to play the numbers game. The army chief (Balasaheb Thackeray) brings them, who are happy to have brought down their son. It was my fault for trusting them. I don’t want the blood of my Shiv Sainiks to spill on the streets. That is why I am also resigning from the post of Chief Minister and member of Legislative Council.

Uddhav Thackeray appealed to the party workers not to protest against the rebel MLAs when they return to Maharashtra. He said, ‘Those who were suspected of being thrown into the abyss, my own people left my side, they stood by me till the end. Thanks to Congress and NCP leaders for their cooperation and support. Tomorrow a new chapter will be written in the history of democracy. Let them form a government and take oath of office. Please do not obstruct the path of my Shiva Saiyans.

Uddhav Thackeray knew that defeat in the trust vote was certain as he did not have the required numbers to prove his majority. Two options were presented to him by his confidants at a cabinet meeting held last Wednesday. First, he should follow in the footsteps of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, go to the Assembly, participate in the debate on the trust vote and announce his resignation before voting.

Shiv Sena’s rebel MLA Uddhav and his son Aditya Thackeray will speak bitterly about him during the debate, and another option is to resign before he faces a trust vote as BJP MLAs praise him. Therefore, this problem should be avoided by resigning the position before the debate. Uddhav chose the second option. Pending the Supreme Court’s order, he announced his resignation on social media.

Uddhav Thackeray has resigned as Chief Minister, but he now has an even bigger challenge to save the Shiv Sena from disintegration. Most of the Shiv Sena figures in most districts of Maharashtra have defected from Uddhav’s side and his party has practically become a Mumbai outfit.

During the nine-day standoff, Uddhav first threatened the rebel MLAs and then begged them to return home. These are emotional words, but Uddhav cannot deny that only 16 of the 56 Shiv Sena MLAs are with him. 40 rebel MLAs of Shiv Sena and 10 independent MLAs are now in favor of BJP. In such a situation, BJP now has the support of 166 MLAs, while 144 is required for majority.

Uddhav’s face was visibly disappointed when he announced his resignation via Facebook Live. On the other hand, as soon as the resignation was announced, there was celebration in the BJP camp and party president Devendra Fadnavis started making faces. There was a happy atmosphere in the rebel camp of Shiv Sena who had returned from Guwahati to Goa.

Today, Uddhav Thackeray must think why this situation has slipped out of his hands. In his speech before his resignation, Uddhav said that the rebels who won the election to whom I had given the ticket had cheated me.

This being the case, the question will be asked as to why Uddhav Thackeray, who contested the elections with the BJP, left the alliance immediately after the elections three years ago. Uddhav contested the election on the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but after the coalition came to power, he defected. Isn’t this betrayal? Did he do this just to fulfill his ambition to become the chief minister? Uddhav Thackeray had no old friendship with NCP chief Sarath Pawar or Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, then why did he shake hands with them? Is it because he wants to be the Prime Minister?

To become the chief minister, Uddhav sidelined even trusted allies with whom he had been in a relationship for decades. He also forgot that Shiv Sena MLAs contested and won against NCP and Congress candidates in this matter. One must wonder why it took two and a half years for the Shiv Sena MLAs to revolt against their party leader.

Until two weeks ago, Uddhav Thackeray had a chance to appease his angry MLAs. He might have told them that I was the Chief Minister for two and a half years and now I am forming the government with the help of the BJP. By doing this, Udda’s honor would have been saved and his party of 56 years would have been saved, but he missed that golden opportunity. There is a saying in Hindi: ‘Duvita me du gaye, maya mili na ram.’ (Rajat Sharma)

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