As the Congress party announced that it would withdraw one of its two nominees for the May 21 elections to nine seats, the stage is now set for chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to be elected to the MLC unopposed.
State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said, “We have decided to field only one out of two nominees for the MLC elections, which means the Maha Vikas Aghadi of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will have five nominees for as many seats (out of the total nine)”.
Thackeray, who is not a member of either Houses of the state legislature, is one of the nominees for the elections, which became necessary after terms of the sitting MLCs ended on April 24.
As the Congress had earlier decided to field only one candidate for the May 21 elections, there were nine candidates in the fray for as many seats.
The Shiv Sena and NCP, other two ruling alliance partners, have so far announced two candidates each.
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader thanked the Congress for this gesture in a tweet
महाराष्ट्र विधान परिषद की 9 सीटों के लिए चुनाव बिनविरोध होगा। राज्य में कोरोना संकट और मुख्यमंत्री उद्धव ठाकरे की उम्मीदवारी को ध्यान में रखकर कॉंग्रेस पार्टी ने एक उम्मीदवार हटा लेने का फैसला किया है। मैं प्रदेशाध्यक्ष मा.
बाळासाहेब थोरात व मा.
अशोक चव्हाण का आभारी हूँ।
— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) May 10, 2020
The BJP has fielded four candidates.