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Maharashtra Legislative Council Elections For 11 Seats To Be Held on July 12

Among the retiring members, four belong to the BJP, two to Congress, and one each to the NCP, Shiv Sena, Sena UBT, Peasants and Workers Party, and Rashtriya Samaj Party.

Maharashtra Legislative Council Elections For 11 Seats To Be Held on July 12
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The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the dates for the biennial Maharashtra Legislative Council elections on Tuesday, June 18. The vote to fill the 11 seats will be held on July 12. The counting of votes will also take place on the same day.

The terms of the eleven members elected by the Legislative Assembly will end on July 27. The election will fill those seats. Among the retiring members, four belong to the BJP, two to Congress, and one each to the NCP, Shiv Sena, Sena UBT, Peasants and Workers Party, and Rashtriya Samaj Party.

MLAs will cast secret ballots to elect the new members of the Council. Due to various reasons, the strength of the Assembly has decreased from 288 to 274. The reasons behind those are members elected to the Lok Sabha, deaths, and suspensions. 

If more than 11 nominations are submitted, a preferential voting process will be used. The candidates will need to secure 23 first-choice votes to win. Based on party strengths, the opposition is optimistic about securing two seats. The ruling alliance is likely to win nine seats. 

Retiring members include Dr. Wajahat Mirza and Pradnya Sarav from Congress, Nilay Naik, Ramesh Patil, Vijay Girkar, and Ramrao Patil from the BJP, Manisha Kayande from the Shiv Sena, Anil Parab from the Sena UBT, Jayant Patil from the PWP, Abdullah Khan A Durrani from the NCP, and Mahadev Jankar from the RSP.

Nominations must be filed by July 2. The scrutiny of nominations will occur on July 3. Candidates can withdraw their nominations until July 5.

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