EC gives relief to Uddhav Thackeray, council polls on May 21

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The decision of Election Commission announcing elections on nine seats for the Maharashtra Legislative Council now has paved way to bring Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the upper house of Maharashtra assembly as MLC.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray with Governor BS Koshyari. (Photo: PTI)

Just when Maharashtra, in complete lockdown, was celebrating Maharashtra Day, political uncertainty in the state is about to get over.

The decision of Election Commission announcing elections on nine seats for the Maharashtra Legislative Council now has paved way to bring Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the upper house of Maharashtra assembly as MLC, saving Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi alliance of Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena from the embarrassment of going through the turmoil of government formation again.

As Uddhav is not a legislator at present, he needed to be nominated in the Legislative Council before May 28, the date when he will complete six months in office. Otherwise, he would have had to step down as Maharashtra CM as per the law.

The state Cabinet had twice passed the resolution requesting Maharashtra governor to send Uddhav as governor’s nominee in the Legislative Council but the governor showed no signs of taking a decision on that.

Shiv Sena leaders even accused the governor of indulging in petty politics but nothing changed. Finally, Uddhav spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi which helped in breaking the logjam.

After that the Shiv Sena, Congress and the NCP urged the governor to request the EC to hold the above mentioned elections which were postponed indefinitely last month owing to Covid-19 outbreak.

The governor on April 30 sent the request to the EC to conduct elections and end the political uncertainty. The EC met on Friday morning and took the decision of conducting these elections on May 21. Meanwhile, Uddhav also met Governor BS Koshyari in the morning and their meeting lasted for 20 minutes.

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