Cabinet Meeting Canceled Due to Lack of Consensus on Legislative Council Nominees

Cabinet Meeting Canceled Due to Lack of Consensus on Legislative Council Nominees

The scheduled weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday was postponed due to a lack of consensus on the Governor nominees for the legislative council. As per the Constitution, the State’s Governor nominates 12 people for the legislative council upon the recommendations of the cabinet. 

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However, officials familiar with the matter said that parties have received too many nominations. The Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Shiv Sena, Congress, and the NCP have come to an understanding that the three parties will nominate four members from their parties respectively, thus providing a total of 12 nominations. 

But officials have said that each party has received up to 25 nominations for the four seats, leading to a lack of consensus. The 12 seats at the legislative council are vacant since June 15.

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Another reason cited for the postponement of the meeting was the decision to ask senior members like Ajit Pawar, Anil Parab, and Eknath Shinde to take rest as a precaution against COVID-19.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray are currently engaged in an ideological conflict which has also proven detrimental to the filling of the legislative council seats. 

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