New Delhi/Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Wednesday 29 June signalled the end to the political crisis in Maharashtra by striking down a petition to block the confidence vote against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The crisis erupted with Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde, rising in revolt against the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government with the support of two-third of his party MLAs against the opportunist Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance that was concocted by Uddhav Thackeray only to corner the Chief Minister’s post for himself by throwing to the winds the pre-poll alliance with the BJP and also the vision and Hindutv ideology of the Sena founder late Balasaheb Thackeray.
Earlier on Monday, the apex Court had stayed the disqualification proceedings against 16 rebel MLAs initiated by the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly till July 11. It also sought responses to pleas by rebel MLAs questioning the legality of notices seeking their disqualification.
Seeing the writing on the wall, Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday night submitted his resignation, paving the way for the formation of a new government in Maharashtra. The BJP is a front runner being the largest party in the State Assembly.
Eknath Shinde and the group of rebel MLAs, who were camping in Assam are returning to Mumbai this morning.