Maharashtra government threatens legal action if governor delays nomination of MLCs


MUMBAI: In a not so subtle message to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar indicated that the state may consider approaching the judiciary if he continued to defer taking a decision on a list of 12 people to be nominated to the legislative council.

The names were given by the Maharashtra government in the first week of November, to be nominated as MLCs under the governor’s quota.

Pawar, who was in Nashik, said the chief minister had sent the names to the governor by following all the relevant rules. “The state has sent the names of the 12 people after having it cleared from the cabinet. The governor has been explained the entire procedure,” said Pawar.

“The governor will explain his position. (He won’t) let the (state) approach the courts,” he added.

The reference to courts was a thinly veiled threat by the deputy CM that the state may not wait any longer if the governor does not take a decision on the names. This comes barely a week after Pawar said the governor should not make the state wait endlessly and try the state’s patience.

Under the legislative council rules, 12 people have to be nominated to the upper house of the state legislature from the social, cultural, sports and other fields. The Maharashtra government, anticipating that the governor may refuse to accept its list, has had the names of the 12 people vetted by the state’s law and judiciary department before sending it for approval. It sent the list on November 6 and wanted the governor to take a decision in 15 days. However, the governor has yet to convey any decision.

Even before the government sent the list to the governor, NCP and Congress leaders had raised alleged claims by state BJP leaders that the governor would not accept the names.

Actor-turned politician Urmila Matondkar is one of the names on the list.

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