New Delhi: By-election to a Maharashtra legislative council seat, which is expected to pave the way for Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to get elected to the
legislature would now be held on May 4.
The bypoll has been advanced by a day in view of the EC deputing the Chief Electoral Officer of Maharashtra as its Special Observer for the West Bengal Assembly polls.
The Commission had earlier fixed the date of poll as May 5.
Chavan will be contesting the election to enter the state legislature, as per constitutional requirements. At present, he is not a member of either of the two Houses of the state legislature.
The seat fell vacant after Sanjay Dutt of the Congress resigned on March 11 to facilitate Chavan`s election. Dutt`s term was to expire on July 7, 2016.
Chavan took over as the Chief Minister on November 11 last year replacing Ashok Chavan who resigned over the Adarsh Housing Society scam. He is required to get elected to either of the two Houses within six months of assuming office.
As per the revised schedule, the notification would be issued on April 15.
The last date for filing nominations is April 23 and scrutiny will be conducted on April 25.
The last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 27. Polling will take place on May 4 and counting of votes will take place the same day.