After governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's request to hold MLC polls in Maharashtra, the Election Commission of India (EC) has called for a meeting to discuss the same at 9:30 AM, as per ANI. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora is reportedly scheduled to join the meeting over video conference from the US. The Maharashtra MLC polls have been under controversy over the governor's delay in nominating CM Uddhav Thackeray to the state council.
A meeting of the Election Commission of India over elections to 9 vacant seats of Maharashtra Legislative Council, scheduled to be held tomorrow. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora is scheduled to join the meeting via video conferencing. https://t.co/78idivrfYF— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, on Thursday, requested the Election Commission of India to declare elections to the 9 vacant seats of the Maharashtra Legislative Council ‘at the earliest’. Moreover, he pointed out that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray who is not a member of either house of the State Legislature needs to get elected to the Council before 27th May 2020. This development comes a day after Thackeray spoke to PM Modi over the delay in his nomination to the state council.
On April 27, the state cabinet sent a reminder to Governor Koshyari on nominating Thackeray to the Maharashtra legislative council as the governor's pick. Koshyari is yet to accept the nomination, as two seats from governor's quota are currently unfilled - after 2 NCP councillors resigned to join BJP. After the cabinet's reminder, two PILs have been filed with the Bombay High Court, urging for holding immediate elections to get Thackeray elected to the Council.
Earlier on April 9, Maharashtra cabinet picked Thackeray to be the governor's nominee to the Maharashtra state council. Koshyari had earlier rejected NCP's two nominees stating that election for the two seats will be held in June and there was no emergency prior to that. But with the postponement of MLC polls due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread in the state, Thackeray is yet to be elected to either legislative body. If he is not elected to the Council by six months of taking oath as CM- which will end on May 28, Thackeray will have to resign as CM.