Uddhav Thackeray: Uddhav Thackeray was thinking of quitting as CM after meeting Modi last year, claims Shinde faction MLA

Mumbai: The rebel Shiv Sena faction claimed that Uddhav Thackeray was thinking of resigning as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra after talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. Spokesperson of the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs Deepak Kesarkar said that for Thackeray his relationship with Modi was more important than his continuance in the top post. Shiv Sena’s Thackeray camp, however, reacted to Kesarkar’s comments saying he was making contradictory statements and seemed confused.

Kesarkar said that many Shiv Sena leaders were hurt by BJP MP and Union Minister Narayan Rane’s attempts to malign the image of then minister Aaditya Thackeray in connection with the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. Kesarkar said he established contact with Modi and the dialogue started.

Uddhav was about to leave CM post in 15 days
Kesarkar claimed, “After Uddhav ji met Modi ji (in June last year), it was decided that he would step down (as chief minister) in the next 15 days because for him (along with the prime minister) Relations (than holding office) were more important, but it was felt that he needed more time to convince his party workers.’ In the past, Modi had called Shiv Sena president Thackeray his younger brother.

A dozen BJP MLAs were suspended from the Maharashtra Assembly for a year in July 2021 following the Thackeray-Prime Minister Modi meeting in New Delhi. It was a move that further strained relations between the Shiv Sena and the then opposition BJP.

Negotiations did not progress due to arrogance: Claim
Kesarkar said talks later stalled after Thackeray’s arch rival Rane was inducted into the Union cabinet, which angered the Shiv Sena president. Kesarkar said the talks did not progress due to arrogance.

Kesarkar said that during the talks, he kept giving all the information to the rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who is now the Chief Minister. Responding to Kesarkar’s claims, Thackeray camp member and Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said, “He is revealing something new every day. He is making contradictory statements and seems confused.

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