Mumbai – Governor has finally canceled the list of 12 names sent by the Uddhav Thackeray government for appointment to the Legislative Council. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had recommended the same to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. The earlier list was sent back to the Chief Minister’s Office from Raj Bhavan on Saturday evening. The Raj Bhavan has said in a letter sent to the Chief Minister’s office that this list sent by the Thackeray government is now considered cancelled.
The list sent by the Thackeray government was not approved by the Governor for two years. However, responding immediately to Shinde’s recommendation, the Governor has taken the position of canceling the Thackeray government’s list of 12 people. As the previous list was canceled on the request of the Chief Minister, now the way has been cleared for the Shinde-Fadnavis government to appoint 12 new members. It is informed that soon the new list will be sent to the Governor with the approval of the State Cabinet.
12 seats likely to be filled before convention
The winter session of the Legislature will begin from December 19 in Nagpur. It is likely that these 12 seats will be filled by BJP-Shinde before this session. The post of Chairman of the Legislative Council is currently vacant. BJP wants to replace previous Speaker Ramraje Nimbalkar (Nationalist) as Speaker. It is not possible considering the strength of the present Legislative Council. However, after getting 12 seats for BJP, the party has 24 MLAs in the legislative council and two of them support BJP.
This strength is not enough to elect the speaker in the 78-member house but 12 more MLAs (including the Shinde group) are appointed by the governor, so BJP’s strength will be 38 and there will be no problem in taking the speakership. Shiv Sena has 12 MLAs, Congress has 10 and NCP also has 10 MLAs. Even if all three come together, only BJP will get the chairmanship. Presently, Deputy Chairman Dr. Neelam Gorhe belongs to Shiv Sena and Leader of Opposition Ambadas Danve also belongs to Shiv Sena. Allies Congress and NCP expressed displeasure as Shiv Sena took the post of leader of the opposition.