Prithviraj Chavan to contest bye-election to Maharashtra council

United News of India

New Delhi, April 19, 2011

Congress President Sonia Gandhi has approved the candidature of Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for the bye-election to a State Legislative Council seat, paving the way for his election to the state Legislature as required under the Constitution.

According to a press release by Congress General Secretary Oscar Fernandes, "the Congress President has approved the candidature of Mr Chavan for the bye-election to the Legislative Council of Maharashtra, to be elected by MLAs."

At present, he is not a member of either of the two Houses of the state Legislature.

As per Constitutional provisions, Mr Chavan, who took over as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on November 11 last year replacing Mr Ashok Chavan, who resigned over the Adarsh Housing Society scam, is required to get elected to either of the two Houses within six months of assuming office.

The bye-election for the legislative council seat will be held on May 4. The seat fell vacant after Mr Sanjay Dutt of Congress resigned on March 11 to facilitate Mr Chavan's election. Mr Dutt's term was to expire on July 7, 2016.