Witness, Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor Bhagatsingh Koshyari on Monday canceled the list of 12 Governor-nominated MLCs sent during the Mahavikas Aghadi government. Sources in the Governor’s office clarified this matter in a letter written to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s office. With this, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will have to send another list to the governor. The posts of 12 MLCs nominated by the Governor are lying vacant. With this, the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi government sent a list of 12 members to the Governor for approval in November 2020.
But the Governor did not approve this list and kept it pending for a year. After that, Shinde rebelled with 50 supporters and left the Shiv Sena. Later it came to know that the government was formed with the BJP. Due to the change of government, the list sent by Maha Vikas Aghadi in the past has become useless. Recently, the chief minister’s office has written a letter to the governor to cancel this list. Responding to this, the Governor’s office wrote an official letter canceling the list sent by the Aghadi government. With this, it became interesting to know how many people from Shinde’s faction and Fadnavis’s faction will get the post of MLC.
The newly formed BJP government will have to prepare a list of 12 MLCs and send it to the Governor. At that time, Shinde’s supporters who left the Shiv Sena party were clamoring for the post of MLC. Many MLAs have already openly expressed their displeasure as they did not get a place in the cabinet expansion. He tried to satisfy them by saying that the second phase of cabinet expansion will happen soon. The issue of 12 MLCs nominated by the Governor came to the fore before the second phase of cabinet expansion. MLAs of the Shinde faction feel that at least they are trying to satisfy some by securing the posts of MLCs.
Otherwise, there is no danger of getting out of the Shinde faction beyond the limits of dissatisfaction. With this, 12 MLCs will have to be appointed from Shinde and Fadnavis’ faction. It remains to be seen how many MLAs from Shinde’s faction and Fadnavis’ faction will get a chance. Meanwhile, the winter assembly sessions will begin from December 19 in Nagpur. With this, Shinde and Fadnavis will try to fill the vacant 12 MLC posts before these meetings.
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Government is conspiracy politics: NCP
The NCP on Monday strongly criticized the Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government’s decision to withdraw the Maha Vikas Aghadi’s earlier recommendation to nominate 12 names as MLCs. The party alleged that they are trying to lure more leaders into the ruling camp under the Governor’s quota. The previous Uddhav Thackeray-led government had recommended 12 names for nomination as MLCs two years ago, but the file was not approved by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Actress Urmila Matondkar, who famously quit Congress and joined Shiv Sena, is among the 12 names suggested by MVA. An official in the chief minister’s office said on Sunday that the Shinde government had written to the governor to consider the recommendation withdrawn and Koshyari accepted the new government’s decision. Meanwhile, the Shinde government has told the governor that they will provide the latest list of nominations soon.
NCP chief executive Mahesh Tapase said on Monday, ‘The constitutional validity of the Shinde government is questionable. The decision to cancel the names recommended by the previous MVA government is awaited by the Supreme Court’s verdict on it, and the leaders of the BJP-Shinde camp criticized it as a ‘carrot’ to attract more people from the opposition. Tapase alleged that Shinde’s cabinet is running with the sole agenda of overcoming the previous decisions taken by the MVA government. He claimed that with this move, voter sentiment in Maharashtra is rapidly turning against the BJP-Shinde government.
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