Elections to the Legislative Council in Maharashtra will be held on May 21. Granting the permission for the same, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday said the polls will be held amid precautions against Covid 19. The declaration of polls has ended the prospect of political instability in the state as the present chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is not a member of the upper or lower house of the state assembly. Earlier, Thackeray had called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter.
Thackeray was sworn in as the chief minister on November 28, 2019 and had to be elected to the house by May 28, 2020- before the completion of his six month in office. The state has 9 vacant seats in the Legislative Council and election for the same had not been declared due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The seats have been lying vacant since April 24. The Maharashtra Assembly has 288 members who will vote for the 9 vacant seats in the upper house.
Earlier, Thackeray in his call to Modi had alleged that attempts were being made to destabilise his government by not declaring the elections. Meanwhile, no decision has been taken on the the 18 vacant seats in Rajya Sabha.