EC to hold Maharashtra legislative council polls on May 21 | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI/Mumbai: The Election Commission on Friday determined to hold polls to the 9 Maharashtra Legislative Council seats on May 21, giving Uddhav Thackeray a chance to develop into a member of the state legislature inside the six-month deadline to stay chief minister.
The polls have been deferred due to the unfold of coronavirus.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, who was sworn in on November 28 final 12 months, has time until May 27 to get elected to the state legislature, failing which he may have to step down.
Maharashtra governor B S Koshyari had requested the Election Commission on Thursday to declare polls for 9 vacant seats to the state legislative council.
Sources within the ballot panel mentioned a call has been taken to hold the polls earlier than May 27.
They, nevertheless, refused to share particulars.

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday known as on governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.
The assembly lasted for about 20 minutes, a Raj Bhavan assertion mentioned.
During the assembly, Thackeray exchanged greetings with the governor on the event of the 60th basis day of Maharashtra state.
The assembly comes a day after Koshyari wrote to the Election fee of India (ECI) requesting it to hold biennial elections to the 9 vacant seats of the state Legislative Council on the earliest to facilitate Thackeray’s election to the Upper House of the state legislature.
The governor’s request got here after Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday known as Prime Minister Narendra Modi about his nomination to the state legislative council. According to sources, Thackeray sought Prime Minister Modi’s assist, saying if it does not occur, he may have to resign.
The biennial elections for the 9 vacant seats have been postponed in view of the coronavirus disaster.
Thackeray was sworn in because the state chief minister on November 28 final 12 months. He has to develop into a legislator by May 27 as per the constitutional norms.
The state cupboard has advisable to the governor twice to nominate Thackeray to the Council as two out of 12 seats nominated by him (governor) are mendacity vacant.
(With company inputs)

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