EC gives relief to Uddhav Thackeray, to hold Maharashtra legislative council elections before May 27

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The Election Commission has decided to hold the pending Maharashtra Legislative Council elections before May 27, giving a relief to CM Uddhav Thackeray.

Uddhav Thackeray is not a member of any of the Houses in the state legislature. (PTI)

The Election Commission has decided to hold elections for the Maharashtra Legislative Council before May 27 by when CM Uddhav Thackeray has to get elected to the legislature to continue as the chief minister.

The decision was taken in Friday’s meeting of the Election Commission. This comes a day after Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari wrote to the Election Commission requesting them to hold the elections.

The elections will be held after 21 days and before May 27.

The Maharashtra Legislative Council elections were earlier delayed over the coronavirus crisis. However, uncertainty gripped the Uddhav Thackeray government as his days as the CM seemed numbered with no elections in sight.

Now the EC has given him some breather and decided to hold the elections. A notification regarding the final dates will be issued later. However, sources say the commission has decided to hold the elections before May 27.

Earlier on Friday, Uddhav Thackeray called on Governor BS Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan. The Governor had on Thursday written to the Election Commission, requesting them to hold the Legislative Council elections.

Uddhav Thackeray must get elected to the legislature by May 28 orelse he will cease to be the chief minister of Maharashtra. Currently, the Shiv Sena chief is not a member of either Houses in Maharashtra.

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