Amid lockdown, a big political crisis has arisen in front of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Due to this crisis, the CM’s chair is in trouble

Mumbai: Amid lockdown, a big political crisis has arisen in front of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Due to this crisis, the CM’s chair is in trouble. The Maharashtra cabinet on Monday re-recommended to the Governor Bhagat Singh koshyari to nominate Uddhav as MLC in a vacant seat of the Legislative Council. Thackeray has not yet become a member of any House. The Maharashtra Cabinet has again sent a recommendation to the Governor to nominate him soon, citing the current situation arising out of the Corona infection. It is to be seen what the Governor decides on this.

On 28 November, Thackeray formed a government of maha Vikas aghadi by joining hands with NCP and Congress. In this context, Uddhav Thackeray will have to get membership of any House of the state by May 28 to remain on the Chief Minister's chair. 

Under Article 164 (4) of the Indian Constitution, a person can remain in the cabinet or a chief minister for six months even though he is not associated with any house. And now in this changing political environment, Thackeray has the constitutional obligation to become a member of any one house by May 28, otherwise, he will have to leave the Chief Minister's chair.

In fact, in Maharashtra, elections were to be held March 26 in the state on 9 Legislative Assembly, but elections were postponed indefinitely due to the growing threat of Corona infection in the state. On 9 April, the Maharashtra Cabinet sent a letter to the Governor of Maharashtra recommending Uddhav Thackeray to be nominated as MLC.

Under Article 171 of the Indian Constitution, the Governor has the constitutional right to nominate a certain number of members to the Legislative Council. For nominated MLC, it is necessary to have an arts, literature, science, social service background, then Governor can decide and nominate the member as per his discretion.

Two seats were vacant due to the resignation of NCP MLAs who had joined BJP just before last year's assembly elections. Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has not taken any decision yet to nominate Thackeray as a member of the Legislative Council and the tenure of both these nominated MLCs ends on June 6. Concern has increased for Maha Vikas Aghadi, the coalition led by Chief Minister Thackeray, regarding the silence of Raj Bhavan.

Former Maharashtra Revenue Minister and BJP President of the state, Chandrakant Patil has increased the political suspense by saying that the Raj Bhavan takes its decision when the time comes and the state government should not show haste to nominate CM Uddhav Thackeray on the Legislative Council seat. Recently, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut tweeted a tweet at Raj Bhavan saying that Raj Bhavan should not be allowed to become the center of politics.

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