A rebel MLA from the Eknath Shinde camp today said the resignation of Uddhav Thackeray from the Chief Minister’s post “is not a matter of joy for us”. The rebellion by Eknath Shinde and 50 MLAs supporting him — 40 of them from the Shiv Sena – spelled end for the government led by the Shiv Sena.
“We are all sad that while fighting the NCP and the Congress, we had to get angry with our leader too. The reason for this is NCP and Sanjay Raut, whose job is to make statements every day against the central government and create bad blood between the center and the state,” Deepak Kesarkar, the spokesman of the faction, said in an exclusive interview to NDTV.
Mr Thackeray stepped down from the top post this evening after the Supreme Court ruled that his government has to take the floor test tomorrow as ordered by the Governor. The Team Thackeray, down to around 15 MLAs following Mr Shinde’s rebellion, had asked the court to stop the floor test.
“There are many MPs who are angry because of the Congress and NCP,” Mr Kesarkar said.
“The state president of NCP used to go to our area and announce the names of his people. It was because of us that these people came to power… Every evening Sanjay Raut was abusing (the Centre). People got upset. We prayed that no party should have such a spokesperson,” he added.