Uddhav Thackeray Gets Past Huge Hurdle, Keeps Chief Minister’s Job

Uddhav Thackeray Gets Past Huge Hurdle, Keeps Chief Minister’s Job

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has been sworn in as a Member of Legislative Council which facilitates his continuation in office beyond May 28.

There were no elections held for nine seats in the legislative council and Mr Thackeray was elected unopposed, something he had insisted on amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Maharashtra being the worst-hit state.

Mr Thackeray, 59, had till May 28 to become a member of one of the houses of the Maharashtra legislature, according to the Constitution. When he took oath as Chief Minister on November 28 last year, he was not a member of either houses of the Maharashtra legislature. The six-month period for Mr Thackeray was due to end on May 28.

The election was held after a massive political tussle between the Governor and the state government as Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari refused to take a call on the cabinet’s recommendation to nominate Mr Thackeray from the Governor’s quota.