September 19, 2020 | 3:26 AM IST
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Breather for Uddhav Thackeray, Election Commission to hold Council polls on May 21

Extending major relief to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the Election Commission (EC), on Friday, announced holding the pending Maharashtra Legislative Council elections on May 21. Nine council seats fell vacant since April. 

The relief comes two days after Thackeray called Prime Minister Modi regarding his nomination as MLC and a day after the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari wrote to the EC requesting them to hold the council elections.

On Friday morning, Thackeray also called the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan over the issue. 

Thackeray took oath as the Chief Minister, leading the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), on November 28 and as per the laws, it is mandatory for any minister to become a member of the state legislators – State Legislative Assembly or State Legislative Council - within six consecutive months of taking the oath. Thackeray’s six-month term concludes on May 28. The Council polls have been delayed owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The delay in becoming a member of a legislature was leading Thackeray to stepping down from the post of CM.

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