Uddhav Thackeray resigns as Maharashtra CM ahead of floor test

Governor Bhagat SIngh Koshyari had asked Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority in the assembly on June 30

Uddhav Thackeray resigns as Maharashtra CM ahead of floor test

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on June 29 announced his resignation, minutes after the Supreme Court refused to stay the governor-ordered floor test in the assembly scheduled for tomorrow.

"I am resigning as the chief minister," Thackeray said, adding that he is also quitting his membership of the legislative council.

Governor Bhagat SIngh Koshyari had asked Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority in the assembly on June 30.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on June 29 announced his resignation, minutes after the Supreme Court refused to stay the governor-ordered floor test in the assembly scheduled for tomorrow.

"I am resigning as the chief minister," Thackeray said, adding that he is also quitting his membership of the legislative council.


"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," he further said.

Moneycontrol had, earlier in the day, reported that Thackeray would be stepping down as the chief minister if the Supreme Court gives the go-ahead for the floor test called for tomorrow.

Hours before announcing his resignation, Thackeray chaired his final cabinet meeting as the chief minister, where the nod was given to rename Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv -- both were long-pending demands of the Shiv Sena.

"I want to express my gratitude to the ministers of NCP and Congress that they supported the proposal to rename the two cities," Thackeray said in a live Facebook address.

As Thackeray announced his resignation, celebrations erupted in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) camp.