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Legislative Council Nominations: Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray meet at 'Varsha'

The sources have informed that Pawar and Thackeray discussed the strategy for upper house nominations and the proposed names for it.

Legislative Council Nominations: Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray meet at 'Varsha'
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai. The hour-long meeting was held at the chief minister’s official residence ‘Varsha’ in south Mumbai. 

Earlier, Pawar had informed that he will discuss the issue of rising onion prices with the Chief Minister along with the demand for relief package from the central government for the flood-affected people in parts of Maharashtra. 

The meeting comes days after Maharashtra cabinet approved the proposal of 12 nominations to the legislative council through Governor’s quota. The sources have informed that Pawar and Thackeray discussed the strategy for upper house nominations and the proposed names for it. 

The Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have named four members each from their party. These names were submitted to the Chief Minister. It is learnt that Shiv Sena has nominated Urmila Matondkar as one of the names for the legislative council.

12 seats of the legislative council have been vacant since April and June as their term expired. The Maharashtra Legislative Council has a total of 78 members out of which 12 are nominated by the governor. 

The term for all 12 nominated legislative council seats by the governor ended in June. Of these 12 seats, legislators on 10 seats already retired on June 6 while the term of remaining two expired on June 15. 

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