Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray resigns as Maharashtra Chief Minister

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday announced his decision to step down as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The announcement was made via Facebook Live shortly after the Supreme Court ordered the Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to take a floor test to prove its majority in the Assembly tomorrow.

Addressing the state, Uddhav said he is satisfied that his government has renamed Aurangabbad as Sambhaji Nagar which was first espoused by his father Bal Thackeray. He also thanked his alliance partners Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi for their support.

The court order came after a lengthy hearing on a plea by Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu challenging the Maharashtra Governor’s direction to CM Uddhav to face a trust vote. Earlier during the hearing, the top court had observed that the floor of the House was the only way to settle these issues of democracy.