Bombay Supreme Court said today that the governor of Maharashtra has a constitutional obligation to accept or reject the prime minister’s proposal within a reasonable period of time, along with his council of ministers who nominate 12 individuals as members of the Legislative Council (MLCs). ).
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Judge GS Kulkarni believed that it was the governor’s job to inform the prime minister of his position on the proposal within a reasonable time.
The bank approved its order on a petition filed by Ratan Soli Luth, a resident of Nashik, to ask for a direction from Governor BS Koshyari to decide on the nominations made by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his council of ministers in November 2020. submitted, recommending 12 names for the positions.
The state government had expected the governor to make a decision on the proposal within 15 days.
“Eight months have passed in the present case. We believe this is a reasonable period of time. It is important that the governor’s obligation in the present case is fulfilled without delay,” said the court.
“While it is true that the governor is not accountable to the court, we hope and trust that the constitutional obligation will be met,” the statement said.
Governor BS Koshyari is under fire from the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance for its delay in approving the nomination of 12 MLCs.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had taken hostage against Governor Koshyari earlier this year over his delay in announcing the names of the 12 nominees to the Legislative Council of the governor’s quota, wryly remarking that he hoped the government would not have to go to court for this.
“The MVA government had prepared a list of 12 nominees in accordance with the constitution. The list has been sent to the governor. But he has not made a decision, even after many months have passed,” Pawar had said.
While the term of lawmakers (from the governor’s quota) in the upper house of the state assembly expired in June last year, the three MVA partners – Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – had postponed sending the list of nominees. until Nov.
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