Bypoll to 2 Council seats announced; CM undecided on contest

Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan has not decided so far whether he would seek election to the state legislature from the Lower or Upper House.

Last Updated: Feb 01, 2011, 21:33 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has not decided so far whether he would seek election to the state legislature from the Lower or Upper House.

Chavan, who took over reins of the state in early December last year, has to get himself elected to either House in six months.

"The Chief Minister has both the options. A decision is yet to be taken. We will discuss both these options with the NCP," state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre said.

The by-elections for two Legislative Council seats will be held on February 21 and February 28.
Jaykumar Gore, independent candidate from Maan Assembly constituency in Satara district has offered to quit to pave the way for Chavan to enter the Lower House.

Even Mumbai Congress Chief Kripashankar Singh has said that he would give up his Kalina Assembly seat in Mumbai for the Chief Minister.

The two Legislative Council seats fell vacant due to resignation of Shiv Sena member Kiran Pawaskar, who joined the NCP, and death of sitting member Vasant Pawar.
NCP spokesperson Madan Bafna said that both the seats are of NCP. "Our state parliamentary board will meet soon to discuss the probable candidates. The final decision will be taken in the Congress-NCP Co-ordination Committee", he said.

On what would be his party`s stand if Congress wanted Pawaskar`s seat to be left for the Chief Minister, Bafna replied, "Let`s see. A decision can be arrived at through discussions."

The notification for both the elections would be issued on February four and counting taken up on March 3.

PTI