The Election Commission of India on Friday paved the way for the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr. Uddhav Thackeray’s election to the state Legislative Council and retain his post. At a meeting this morning, the EC gave a go-ahead for holding Legislative Council polls in the state for election of MLCs.
Sources said the process to elect Members of the Legislative Council is likely to be completed before May 27, the deadline which Uddhav has to enter Legislative Council and retain chief ministership.
Sources said the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Maharashtra government will have to ensure COVID-19 safety guidelines, including social distancing, are followed during the elections.
The development came shortly after Thackeray visited the Raj Bhavan on the occasion of Maharashtra Day and called on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. The duo met for some 20 minutes.
Koshyari had earlier written to the poll panel requesting them to hold elections to nine seats of the state Legislative Council. The Governor’s letter came in view of the fact that nine seats have been lying vacant from April 24. The Governor made the request to the EC with a view to ending the current uncertainty in the state.