Day-long special session of Council to elect chairman mooted

Maharashtra government has proposed a one-day special session of the Legislative Council on May 8 for the election of the Chairman and the Leader of Opposition.

“We will write to the Governor in this regard,” Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told.

The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the House met this afternoon, but the opposition members took an exception, saying that a meeting could not be held when the session was not on. The next session will start on June 2.

Sources said the Chief Minister told the opposition that if not BAC, it can be considered as a meeting of the group leaders in the house.

According to sources, Chavan wanted to ensure re-election of Congress veteran Shivajirao Deshmukh as chairman before the Lok Sabha election results.

“As the NCP has the largest number of representatives (28) in the 78-member house, Congress fears that NCP may stake claim to the post if the Congress does not do well in the Lok Sabha polls,” a source said.

Deshmukh was re-elected as Council member last month.