September 19, 2020 | 3:43 AM IST
Maha Cabinet

Maha Cabinet recommends CM Thackeray’s name as MLC from Guv quota

The Maharashtra Cabinet on Thursday recommended Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s name for one of the two vacant state Legislative Council seats from the Governor’s quota. The two seats fell vacant after MLCs Rahul Narvekar and Ram Wadkute quit the NCP to join the BJP before the Assembly polls in October last year. The polls were scheduled to be held in April last week, but have been deferred due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The recommendation was made to the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik. Confirming the same he said, “As MLC elections cannot be held due to COVID-19, it is being done to avoid a constitutional crisis.”  

He added that according to the constitution, the CM becomes a member of a House within six months of the government formation. There are two vacant seats from the Governor’s quota.

The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting that was chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. Incidentally, Thackeray, who is currently not a member of either of the Houses of state Legislature ( Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council), was not present at the Cabinet meeting where the decision was taken.

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