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EC decided to hold MLC polls in Maharashtra.

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The crisis hovering over the chair of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray seems to be over. The Election Commission has decided to hold the Legislative Council elections in the state. Notification will be issued soon and the election will be completed within 21 days. The entire process will be completed before 27 May.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari had requested the Election Commission to hold elections to 9 vacant seats of Maharashtra Legislative Council at the earliest. The governor said that given the end of the current crisis in the state, elections should be announced on the seats of the Legislative Council, which have been vacant since April 24. Now the commission has announced to hold elections.

Why was the election important..?

Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as the Chief Minister on 28 November 2019 and is not a member of any House of the Legislature at present. According to the constitution, he is required to become a member of a House by 6 May i.e. 27 May 2020 within 6 months of becoming CM. Uddhav Thackeray has directly become CM without contesting elections, in which case this rule applies to him.

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