Uddhav visits Raj Bhavan day after Governor asks EC to hold legislative poll
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Uddhav visits Raj Bhavan day after Governor asks EC to hold legislative poll

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Pune, May 1: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on the occasion of Maharashtra Day. The meeting lasted for about 20 minutes, an official statement said, adding that CM Thackeray exchanged greetings with the Governor on the 60th anniversary on formation of the State.

The political get together comes a day after Governor Koshyari wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI) requesting it to hold biennial elections for the nine vacant seats of the State Legislative Council at the earliest. The elections were postponed owing to the COVID-19 crisis, hence jeopardising Thackeray's chief ministership given the constitutional criterion of getting elected to the legislature within six months of the swearing-in.

Taking oath as CM on November 28 last year, Thackeray's deadline to fulfill the criterion ends on May 28. Hence, the State cabinet has made recommendations to the Governor twice for nominating Thackeray from gubernatorial quota. Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena firebrand leader and close aide of Thackeray, had recently made a tacit verbal attack on the Governor, saying "Raj Bhavan shouldn't become center for political conspiracy". (UNI)

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