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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as an MLC

Uddhav Thackeray became the second member in the Thackeray clan to get elected in the state legislature after his son Aaditya Thackeray who won the state assembly polls from Worli constituency in 2019.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as an MLC
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday took oath as the member of the legislative council and became the second member in the Thackeray clan to get elected in the state legislature after his son Aaditya Thackeray who won the state assembly polls from Worli constituency in 2019. 

On May 14, Uddhav Thackeray got elected unopposed to the legislative council in Maharashtra. Besides Thackeray, Shiv Sena Deputy leader Neelam Gorhe was re-elected in the legislative council. 

While taking oath as an MLC, Uddhav Thackeray accepted the certificate of election from Maharashtra Legislative Council Chairman Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar. The Chief Minister was accompanied by his wife and Saamana editor Rashmi Thackeray along with Legislative Secretary Rajendra Bhagwat. 

Meanwhile, the rest of the candidates have also been elected unopposed to the legislative council in Maharashtra. Apart from Shiv Sena candidates, NCP’s Shashikant Shinde, Amol Mitkari and Congress’ lone candidate Rajesh Rathod were also elected unopposed to the legislative council. 

BJP’s four candidates including Gopichand Padalkar, Pravin Datke, Ramesh Karad and Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil are also the newly elected MLCs. The ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) fielded five candidates while the opposition BJP announced four candidates for the MLC elections on nine seats.

Although the MLC elections on nine vacancies were scheduled to be held on May 21, the results were announced on the last day of withdrawal as there was no contest. This happened after five out of the 14 nominees for the legislative council elections in Maharashtra either withdrew their nomination or it was rejected over technical grounds on scrutiny day. 

On May 12, two candidates each from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew their nominations while the papers of one Independent candidate was rejected during scrutiny. 

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