Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday filed his nomination papers for the
bye-election to the state Legislative Council, scheduled to
held here on May 4.
Chavan, who is not a member of either of the Houses of
the Legislature, has to get elected before May 11. He took
over from Ashok Chavan after he resigned in wake of the Adarsh
housing scam in November last year.
With the Congress leadership asking Chavan to fight
Council elections instead of the Assembly, sitting MLC Sanjay
Dutt vacated his seat last month facilitating the CM`s
election as a legislator.
289 members of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly form
the Electoral College for the bypoll. Congress has 82 and NCP
has 62 MLAs.
The last day of filing the nomination papers is April 23
and the scrutiny will take place two days later while the last
day of withdrawal of nomination papers is April 27.
In the event of the election being contested, the poll
will be held on May 4.
Earlier, Chavan filed his papers in the presence of
returning officer Anant Kalse, who is also the Principal
Secretary of the State Legislature.
Senior Congress and NCP leaders including Deputy CM Ajit
Pawar, State Unit Presidents Manikrao Thakre and Madhukar
Pichad were also present on the occasion.