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Thackeray reaches Legislative Council; government safe!

The crisis for the government is averted as Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and eight others have been declared elected unopposed to the Legislative Council.

 

Apart from Thackeray, Council Deputy Chairperson Neelam Gorhe (Shiv Sena), four candidates of BJP - Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil, Gopichand Padalkar, Praveen Date and Ramesh Karad; NCP’s Shashikant Shinde and Amol Mitkari and Congress’s Rajesh Rathod were in the fray for the nine seats, which fell vacant on April 24.

 

The CM had the time to get elected to any house of Assembly before May 27, 2020. With this election, 59-year-old Thackeray, who is also the president of Shiv Sena, makes his debut as a legislator. He was sworn in as chief minister on November 28, 2019.

15 May 2020
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Maha legislative council poll on May 21, respite for Thackeray

In view of the possible constitutional crisis, the ECI has decided to hold elections for nine vacant Maharashtra Legislative Council seats on May 21. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray needs to get elected from one of these seats by May 28 to retain his post as the CM.

The 288-members of the Assembly will vote to elect the members to the upper house. The ECI has decided to hold the election on May 21. Normally, the counting is done on the same day. The results will also be declared then.

Political parties including Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress had written to ECI requesting to hold elections. The chief secretary assured that the situation was under control. MHA and health ministry guidelines will be followed and all necessary precautions will be taken to ensure the conduct of the polls.

02 May 2020
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Thackeray reaches Legislative Council; government safe!

By IndianMandarins 15 May 2020

The crisis for the government is averted as Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and eight others have been declared elected unopposed to the Legislative Council.

 

Apart from Thackeray, Council Deputy Chairperson Neelam Gorhe (Shiv Sena), four candidates of BJP - Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil, Gopichand Padalkar, Praveen Date and Ramesh Karad; NCP’s Shashikant Shinde and Amol Mitkari and Congress’s Rajesh Rathod were in the fray for the nine seats, which fell vacant on April 24.

 

The CM had the time to get elected to any house of Assembly before May 27, 2020. With this election, 59-year-old Thackeray, who is also the president of Shiv Sena, makes his debut as a legislator. He was sworn in as chief minister on November 28, 2019.

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Maha legislative council poll on May 21, respite for Thackeray

By IndianMandarins 02 May 2020

In view of the possible constitutional crisis, the ECI has decided to hold elections for nine vacant Maharashtra Legislative Council seats on May 21. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray needs to get elected from one of these seats by May 28 to retain his post as the CM.

The 288-members of the Assembly will vote to elect the members to the upper house. The ECI has decided to hold the election on May 21. Normally, the counting is done on the same day. The results will also be declared then.

Political parties including Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress had written to ECI requesting to hold elections. The chief secretary assured that the situation was under control. MHA and health ministry guidelines will be followed and all necessary precautions will be taken to ensure the conduct of the polls.

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Maha CM job at stake: Udhdhav faces constitutional hurdle with limited options

By IndianMandarins 25 Apr 2020

There is a constitutional obligation before Uddhav Thackeray under Article 164 (4) that he would have to be a member of any of the houses of Maharashtra Assembly before May 24, 2020. Since the Election Commission of India has postponed every election, he is left with no other option but to look at the governor to be merciful on him to nominate him for Legislative Council.

What will happen if he fails to get nominated? There is one option that he resigns and takes oath as the CM once again giving himself another six months. But this is easier said than done as it would involve not only both the Shiv Sena's partners, the Congress and the NCP but give the governor more power to take a call on this.

There is a Supreme Court judgment pronounced on August 17, 2001, that had ruled such re-appointment of a minister in the Punjab government without getting elected to the Assembly as improper and undemocratic.

So what other option does he have if the governor refuses to oblige him? He can let his son Aditya Thackeray to take over but making his allies to agree on this is very difficult as they may seek some more concession that SS might not agree as it has already compromised a lot with its ideology.

There is no problem technically with any nominated member holding top posts as they are as good as any elected member. There is no bar on the governor nominating him as well.

However, till date, no CM has been nominated to the upper house under the nominated category. So much so that no one has been able to get a ministerial berth from the nomination category. His name has already been sent for nomination for the legislative council by the state cabinet. But the Maharashtra government is looking at every possible option to deal with the scenario. Thackrey had taken over reins of the state on November 28, 2019.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Thackrey may get elected to legislative council but its tenure ends on June 6

By IndianMandarins 11 Apr 2020

Maharashtra has been the worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and there have been bouquets and brickbats for CM Udhdhav Thackrey on the issue of handling the crisis as the state has got the maximum number of Coronavirus infection cases.

But what is going to trouble him the most is his election to any of the houses before six months in the office however his name has been nominated for the legislative council. So the Maharashtra government has to tread very cautiously as the election or nomination of chief minister Udhdhav Thackrey is concerned.

Maharashtra cabinet passed a resolution recommending governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to nominate the state CM from his quota to the Legislative Council but unfortunately Thackrey will be able to enjoy tenure to Upper House just for two months as term of the two vacant seats from the quota ends on June 6, 2020. Election for Legislative Assembly or Council could not have been made possible due to a nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19.

Udhdhav Thackrey had taken over reins of the state on November 28, 2019 is not a member of any of the houses and has six months to get elected to either of the House. The six-month deadline for the CM to get elected ends on May 28, 2020 and if he is not nominated or elected during the stipulated time, not just him but the entire cabinet would have to resign. He will have to be re-nominated by the Governor to continue to work as the CM after June 6.

In this situation of uncertainty due to the outbreak, the question is what will happen after June 6, 2020 when Thackeray’s term as a potential MLC ends. If the governor re-nominates him to the Upper House, all may be well. But, there could be a legal tangle over whether a person can be reappointed as a minister without being elected to any House.

There is an SC judgment issued on August 17, 2001, which has termed such re-appointment of a minister in Punjab government without getting elected as improper and undemocratic. Tej Prakash Singh had resigned from the position as a minister on March 8, 1996 but was reappointed without getting elected to the legislative assembly as a minister on November 23, 1996, which was challenged in the court of law. However the government is looking at every possible option to deal with the scenario.

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Handling Maha crises without Jaitley!

By IndianMandarins 26 Nov 2019

Much brouhaha is made about the government formation in Maharashtra but the curtain is not yet down on the drama in the state. BJP is deep in the mess while dealing with its first purely political crisis in the absence of Arun Jaitley; once troubleshooter-in-chief of the BJP.

Crises management has never been a big deal for NaMo-Shah. They have handled several challenges and troubles with much ease; be it law & order situation post Ayodhya verdict, Article 370, demonatisation, GST implementation, surgical strike, Balakote Air strike, Rafale allegations and even banning triple talaq.

So far as potency of those crises is concern, the Maha crisis in not even shadow of those crisis but the BJP leadership is in a fix for sure how to come out of it. But at this stage Maha crisis appears to have become too tough and tricky for BJP to settle suitably.   

Is it because party’s troubleshooter Arun Jaitley is not around? Yes! This is what had made Jaitley a Jaitley. Despite RSS’ disliking for Jaitley, successive leaderships of the BJP right from Atal Behari Vajpayee to Narendra Modi failed to ignore him. Even though its hypothetical, had Jaitley been around the Maha crisis would not have gone thus far. The BJP has yet none to match Jaitley’s acumen.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Reality check: SC asks SG to produce letter of support placed before Maha Guv

By IndianMandarins 24 Nov 2019

Following an urgent hearing on Sunday on the legality of the formation of Government in Maharashtra the Apex Court has reportedly directed the Central Government through Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce before Court tomorrow at 10.30 am the letters of support on the basis of which the Maha Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, on Saturday early morning, decided to invite BJP to form government.

The SC bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna ordered: “Issue involved is the Governor's decision dated 23/11/19 inviting them to form government is unconstitutional. For the adjudication of this issue we request Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce the two letters by tomorrow morning 10.30”.

The order was passed after an hour long hearing of Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi (for BJP), Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal (for Shiv Sena), Senior Advocate Dr A M Singhvi (for NCP). 

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Modi-Shah duo leaves mainstream media aghast yet again!

By IndianMandarins 23 Nov 2019

The Modi-Shah duo has yet again foxed not only its opponents but also the mainstream media whose lifeline is reporting political events. People wake up to read that the Maharashtra government may be formed anytime after November 24 with Shiv Sena chief Udhdhav Thackrey to lead the government as chief minister for full five year term but even before tea was served to many an old proverb proved to be correct that there is many a slip between the cup and the lip.

Indian mass media thrive on the very dictum of eat politics, drink politics and sleep politics but it miserably failed to foresee the most crucial political development of the country despite 60-70 per cent content offered in any mainstream media being political in nature. They even failed to make out of 45-minutes long meeting between the PM and NCP chief Sharad Pawar when the media witnessed many surprises of the BJP in the past.

It is understood that media failed to get any inkling about abrogation of Article 370, surgical strike and Balakote attack and even the nomination of President but it was really amusing that the formation of Maharashtra government broke just before the swearing in of Devendra Fadnavis which is an out and out political development. The PM tweeted a congratulatory message at 8.14 AM to Maharashtra CM and deputy putting the curtain down on over a fortnight long drama leaving everyone dumbstruck.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Is there any match for full-time politics of BJP to part time engagement of Opposition?

By IndianMandarins 23 Nov 2019

What has happened in Maharashtra, no one would have even imagined. This makes the point very clear that it is really impossible to read minds of the duo – PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah – not only in terms of turn of events in the recent past but from the very time the Bharatiya Janata Party had formed the government for the first time at the Centre in 2014 under Modi. Both the leaders are scrupulously involved in full time politics unlike their opponent and they do everything with élan. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that they eat, drink and sleep politics.

To understand the kind of politics they do, having a look at the recent developments is very pertinent when BJP’s own ally Shiv Sena was busy ranting against the party over the issue of its claim over chief minister’s post in Maharashtra. Looking at the hindsight, it appears that the BJP was working on its plans however it looked as if the BJP was intimidated by the SS and got confined to its cells. But it kept silent and had told its leaders to keep patience and they continued with their plans where no one would have imagined.

The full time politics of the BJP leaders had caught the opposition napping many a times. The BJP has brought election narrative to nationalism from various other issues with its full time strategy with one after another move. There is a genre of politicians involved in making money and is involved in many other such things like being lawyers, builders, businessman, corporate lobbyists and what not but Modi-Shah are fully focused on politics of the country from issues Brue refugees to formation of Maharashtra government. They always keep multiple options as if one does not work the other is ready.

The Modi-Shah duo work 24X7 in tandem with each other for politics in India as abrogating Article 370, Balakot strike, surgical strike, demonatisation, GST implementation, NRC, Citizenship Bill, Law against Triple Talaq and the latest being withdrawal of SPG from Gandhis cannot not be done with half baked measures. Do they have any match in the country at least for now?

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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