Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray filed his nomination for the Maharashtra Legislative Council elections on Monday.
Thackeray currently is not a member of either Houses of the state legislature. Uddhav is one of the nominees for the polls, which became compulsory after terms of the sitting MLCs ended in April.
CM Thackeray is now all set to be elected unopposed as the MLC after Congress recently declared that it would withdraw one of its two nominees for the legislative elections which are scheduled on May 21.
The Maharashtra Chief Minister needs to be a member of either house of Vidhan Sabha within six months since taking charge. The Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on April 30, shut the door of nomination for Thackeray and urged Election Commission to conduct elections of the legislative council for nine seats.
Besides Thackeray, Shiv Sena’s Neelam Gorhe, Deputy Chairperson of the Legislative Council also filed her nomination papers. Senior leaders from the Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai, Sanjay Raut among the few were present with the CM for filing nomination.
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, NCP’s Jayant Patil and Congress leaders namely Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat also lend their support at Vidhan Bhavan.
Thackeray will be the second member from the Thackeray family to step into legislature after Aaditya Thackeray. On the other side, National Congress Party’s (NCP) Amol Mitkari and Shashikant Shinde also filed their nomination papers for the election. According to reports, Rajesh Rathod Congress’s lone candidate will also file his nomination papers today.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also recently fielded four candidates, who filed their nomination.