Mumbai: A day after Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on attempts to create political instability in the state, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday requested the Election Commission to declare elections to the nine vacant seats of the state’s Legislative Council.

In his letter to the poll panel, the Governor said the elections should be held ‘at the earliest’ with a view to end the current uncertainty in the state.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has requested the Election Commission to hold polls to the nine vacant seats of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, ending the three-week suspense over chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s nomination to the upper house of the state legislature.

“As such, the elections to the council seats can be held with certain guidelines,” the governor said.

This comes a day after Uddhav dialled Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his intervention to prevent the state from plunging into a political crisis.

The development has come as some relief to the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government headed by Uddhav Thackeray since the chief minister is not a member of either house of the state legislature. Uddhav took oath as the chief minister on November 28, 2019 and he needs to get elected as a member of either house of the state legislature before May 27 to save his job.

However, the BJP may still hold the edge as Uddhav battles to save his chair. The 288 MLAs of the Maharashtra Assembly are the ones who will elect the new members of the legislative council. With BJP emerging as the single largest party in the Assembly elections, it is projected to easily win four of the nine seats while the Shiv Sena- NCP-Congress combine can secure five seats.