Cong receives 150 names for 12 MLC nominations

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Nagpur, Feb 17: Congress has received 150 names from various parts of Maharashtra for the upcoming nominations to 12 seats of the Legislative Council, that fall vacant on February 20.

''All the names have been forwarded to the party's high command, because it is the central leadership that will make the final decision on recommending the names for the nominations,'' Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Prabha Rau told the sources.

No date had been fixed yet for finalisation of the names, since All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary in charge of Maharashtra Margaret Alva is abroad, Ms Rau said. Ms Alva would return today and then decide the date for a meeting to discuss the recommendations, she said.

There was no time frame for the Governor to announce the nominations to the upper house, Ms Rau clarified. ''Yet, we hope that the party high command would finalise the names to be recommended to Governor, before February 20, when the present term of the members ends,'' she added.

When asked if the names of only non-political persons would be recommended, Ms Rau replied that the high command was aware that individuals with notable contribution to various fields were to be considered for the nominations and would make the appropriate decision.

The MPCC President declined to comment on the possibility of a change in leadership in the Maharashtra Government, where her party shares power with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other parties. Such decisions were made by the central leadership, which had not conveyed anything to the state unit in this regard, Ms Rau said, and quipped: ''Even if it has, we will not tell you!'' Ms Rau criticised the outburst of activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) against persons from north India staying in the State. The administration did react late in controlling the situation, but it took time for the government to initiate action, she said. ''I had asked the government as to why there was a delay. The government said that the delay occurred because it had been collecting the relevant information,'' she added.

As many as 11 nominated members of the Maharashtra Legislative Council will retire at the end of their six-year term on February 20. They are Dr M A Aziz, Sudha Joshi, Ramesh Nikose, Dhondiram Rathod, Dhanaji Sathe, (all Congress), Jitendra Awhad, Gurunath Kulkarni, Prof Fauzia Khan, Vasant Chavan, Jagannath Shewale and Girish Gandhi (all NCP). One seat is vacant as Major Sudhir Sawant (Congress) resigned from the House a few weeks before his term was to expire, also on February 20.

UNI

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