The novel coronavirus outbreak has brought a constitutional crisis in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his help in justifying political instability in the state.
"The state cannot afford political instability during such a crucial period and it will also send across a wrong message. It should be avoided," Uddhav Thackeray is reported to have told the PM.
According to the sources, PM Modi assured Uddhav that he will look into the matter.
The telephone call came a day after leaders of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) met Governor of Maharastra B S Koshyari with a fresh cabinet recommendation to nominate Thackeray to the Legislative Council through the governor’s quota.
Thackeray, who is not a member of either house of the state legislature, took oath as chief minister on Maharashtra on November 28, 2019.
Article 164 of the Constitution allows a non-legislator to occupy a post in the council of ministers, including the office of the chief minister for six months. Uddhav Thackeray's deadline ends on May 28, 2020.
If Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav does not find any constitutional way out, he might have to resign from his post.
The governor said he will let know his decision within a week. CM Uddhav Thackeray could not get elected to the Council through biennial polls as the elections were postponed due to coronavirus pandemic which hit the nation hard.
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