New Delhi: In a bid to provide relief from the political distress over Uddhav Thackeray’s chief ministerial position, Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari on Thursday requested the Election Commission to announce polls for the vacant seats in the state’s Legislative Council. Also Read - Maharashtra Cabinet Minister And Former CM Ashok Chavan Tests Positive For COVID-19

“The Governor has made the request to the Election Commission to fill the nine seats in the legislative council that have been lying vacant from 24th April, with a view to end the current uncertainty in the State,” read a press release shared by the Maharashtra Governor. Also Read - Maharashtra: COVID-19 Cases Cross 50000-mark; Total Tally at 50231; 3041 Fresh Cases in 24 Hours

Last evening, Thackeray has dialled up Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking help against the opposition’s efforts to “create political instability in the state” amid coronavirus pandemic as he awaited his position in the Maharashtra Council. Also Read - Need Time to Restore Air Travel, Says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray; Hints at Lockdown Extension Beyond May 31

Thackeray’s chief ministerial position, that he acquired on November 28 last year hangs fire as he is not a member of either house of the state legislature.

With less than a month’s time, if he does not become a member of the council by May 28, when he completes six months in office, Uddhav Thackeray will be forced to cease his power as the chief minister of Maharashtra.