BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: Uddhav Thackeray has finally got a relief. 24 hours after Thackeray phoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has requested the Election Commission to declare elections to the nine vacant seats of the Maharashtra Legislative Council ‘at the earliest’.
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 has stated that since the central government has announced several relaxations in the nationwide lockdown, the elections to the council seats can be held with certain guidelines.
The Election Commission had withheld the election process for these nine seats following the coronavirus crisis.
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 have to let go of his present position.
The state cabinet had on April 9 recommended Thackeray’s nomination as one of the governor nominees in the Legislative Council.