Since Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had not yet agreed to appoint Thackeray to the Legislative Council, Shiv Sena’s deputy, Sanjay Raut, targeted the central leadership of the BJP.
- Last update: April 27, 2020, 8:38 p.m.
The State Cabinet increased pressure on Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and again called on Monday to appoint Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray to the Legislative Council.
Thackeray took over as Prime Minister on November 28 last year and must join the legislature within six months to continue. He is currently not a member of either the State Assembly or the Council.
At a cabinet meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Ajit Pawar, it was decided to recommend Koshyari to nominate Thackeray for one of the two governor candidate candidates in the Council. A similar request was made to the governor at another cabinet meeting chaired by Pawar earlier this month.
Thackeray’s plans to become legislators through elections suffered a setback as all elections were postponed by the election commission after the COVID-19 crisis.
Since Koshyari had not yet agreed to appoint Thackeray to the Legislative Council, Shiv Sena’s MP, Sanjay Raut, targeted the central leadership of the BJP to prevent the delay.
In his weekly column Rokhthok in the Sena mouthpiece Saamana on Sunday, Raut was confident that Thackeray would remain prime minister after May 27.
Thackeray had said on Sunday that politics should be kept aside during the ongoing war against COVID-19.
In his column, Raut said, “If the governor decides to sign the nomination file, he can do it immediately. But he would have to ask the BJP leaders in Delhi.”