MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday took oath as a member of the Legislative Council. At a function held at Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai, Council Chairman Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar administered the oath to Thackeray and others who were elected unopposed to the Upper House on May 14.
They include Council Deputy Chairperson and Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe, four candidates of BJP Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil, Gopichand Padalkar, Praveen Datke and Ramesh Karad,NCPs Shashikant Shinde and Amol Mitkariand Rajesh Rathod of the Congress. The nine seats fell vacant on April 24.
The 288-member Legislative Assembly was the electoral college for the biennial elections to the nine seats.With this election, 59-year-old Thackeray, who is also the President of Shiv Sena, makes his debut as a legislator. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Monday metwithGovernorBhagatSingh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan here after taking oath as an MLC. Thackeray was accompanied by his wife Rashmi, son and State Minister Aaditya Thackeray and chief secretary Ajoy Mehta, an official said.