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Maharashtra governor requests EC to declare polls for 9 Legislative Council seats

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday requested the Election Commission of India to declare elections to the nine vacant seats of the Maharashtra Legislative Council “at the earliest”.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk Mumbai Updated on: April 30, 2020 22:01 IST
Maharashtra governor requests EC to declare polls for 9 Legislative Council seats

Maharashtra governor requests EC to declare polls for 9 Legislative Council seats

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday requested the Election Commission of India to declare elections to the nine vacant seats of the Maharashtra Legislative Council “at the earliest”.

Uddhav Thackeray is hoping to become a member of the Maharashtra Assembly by being elected on one of the nine seats before May 28. If he fails to enter the state assembly as an MLA or MLC by then, he will have to vacate the post of the chief minister.

In his letter, the Governor stated that the Centre had announced many relaxation measures regarding the enforcement of lockdown in the country. “As such, the elections to the council seats can be held with certain guidelines,” he said. The Election Commission had withheld the election process for these 9 seats following the Covid-19 crisis.

Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as chief minister on November 28, 2019. He has to become a member of the House by May 28 when he completes six months in office. Otherwise he will cease to the chief minister.

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