Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari (File photo)
MUMBAI: Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and chief minister Uddhav Thackeray appear to be on a collision course over the nominations to the legislative council by Raj Bhavan.
Cabinet members Anil Parab of Shiv Sena, Amit Deshmukh of Congress and Nawab Malik of NCP had called on Koshyari to submit a list of 12 persons from different walks of life for appointment to the legislative council as nominees of the governor.
They urged him to nominate the 12 persons within 15 days, as there had already been a delay. The 15 days got over on Saturday. The Constitution provides no scope to set a deadline for the governor; it is purely his discretion.
“We are hopeful that the governor will appoint the 12 persons as per our list,” Malik said. Article 171 of the Constitution provides for the appointment of persons who have special knowledge or practical experience in the field of literature, science, art, cooperative movement and social service.
The state cabinet on October 29 considered at length all the names received by the chief minister and submitted the list of 12: Eknath Khadse, Raju Shetti, Yashpal Bhinge and Anand Shinde of NCP; Rajani Patil, Sachin Sawant, Muzafar Hussain and Anirudha Wankar of Congress; Nitin Wangude Patil, Vijay Karanjkar, Chandrakant Raghuwanshi and Urmila Matondkar of Shiv Sena.
The minutes of the cabinet meeting held on October 29 say that their appointment will help other members of the legislative council gain knowledge of different fields.
The cabinet note said: “The appointments have already been delayed, now the winter session is a few days away.”