Maharashtra political crisis: Governor accepts Uddhav Thackeray's resignation, asks him to stay as caretaker CM

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Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday night resigned from the post of Maharashtra chief minister. He tendered his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

News agency PTI quoted its sources in Raj Bhawan saying that the Maharashtra Governor accepted Thackeray's resignation and asked him to officiate as Chief Minister until alternate arrangement is made.

Thackeray announced his resignation from the post of chief minister during a Facebook live address on Wednesday night. He has also quit as a member of the State Legislative Council.

Thackeray's resignation came shortly after the Supreme Court declined to stay a floor test which was called on Thursday (30 June) by the Governor. During the floor test, Thackeray had to prove his majority in the House.

Since Thackeray has resigned, the floor test is no longer necessary. The Governor is expected to invited Leader of Opposition BJP's Devendra Fadnavis for the formation of the new government in Maharashtra.

After announcing his resignation, Thackeray drove to the Raj Bhavan, accompanied by his sons Aaditya and Tejas as well as Shiv Sena leaders Neelam Gorhe and Arvind Sawant and others. He met the Governor at Raj Bhavan at 11.44 pm.

After submitting his resignation to the Governor, Thackeray offered prayers at a temple with his sons.

With inputs from agencies

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