Sanjay Raut cites ‘Koshyari’s BJP affiliation’, questions Governor over hesitation to nominate Uddhav Thackeray as MLC

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Updated: Apr 20, 2020 4:01 PM

Uddhav Thackeray is not a member of either of the two Houses of the state legislature. He was sworn in as chief minister on November 28 last year, and completes six months in office on May 28.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (PTI Photo)

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday sought to know who was stopping Maharashtra Governor BK Koshyari from approving the state Cabinet’s recommendation to nominate Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray as MLC from the governor’s quota. Raut said Koshyari’s affiliation with the BJP is not a secret, but this is not the time to indulge in politics.

Thackeray is not a member of either of the two Houses of the state legislature. He was sworn in as chief minister on November 28 last year, and completes six months in office on May 28. As per the Constitution, a minister or a chief minister who is not a member of either of the houses has to be elected to either of the Houses within six months of being sworn into the post, failing which the person must resign.

Raut expressed confidence that Thackeray will remain chief minister of the state even after May 27. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar recently held a Cabinet meeting which suggested Thackeray’s name as governor-nominated member of the Legislative Council (MLC).

“The Maharashtra Cabinet has recommended Uddhav Thackeray’s name as member of the Legislative Council from the governor’s quota. There is vacancy as well. Then who is stopping him (Koshyari) from approving the recommendation? Raut wondered while speaking to a Marathi news channel.

This is not the time to indulge in any kind of politics, the Rajya Sabha member said.

“There is nothing to hide about Koshyari’s BJP affiliation. But, I would like to make one thing clear that Uddhav Thackeray is going to be the chief minister of Maharashtra even after May 27,” he said.

Raut on Sunday also attacked Koshyari by posting a tweet, saying, “Raj bhavan, governor’s house shouldn’t become center for political conspiracy. Remember! history doesn’t spare those who behave unconstitutionally. @maha_governor.”

The Shiv Sena parted ways with long-term ally BJP after the state Assembly elections last year over the issue of sharing the chief ministerial post. Sena president Thackeray later joined hands with the NCP and Congress to form the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government.

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