Maha MLC polls: Deshmukh, Nawab Malik fail to cast vote after SC refuses bail | Mumbai news

Written by Sharangi Dutta | Edited by Aryan PrakashNew Delhi

The Supreme Court on Monday refused bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and State Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik to vote in the Vidhan Sabha elections which ended at 4 pm today.

The two politicians have moved to the Supreme Court after the Bombay High Court dismissed the bail application on Friday (June 17).

Ten seats and 11 candidates are in the fray for the Maharashtra Methodological Council (MLC) elections. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), one of the members of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the western state, has a total of 51 MLAs. To win a council seat, the candidate needs 26 to 27 votes based on the numbers drawn. NCP leaders Malik and Deshmukh have been denied bail by the Supreme Court and the competition remains stiff.

All the ruling allies of Maha Vikas Aghadi have fielded two candidates each for the MLC election. The opposition BJP has nominated five candidates.

Most importantly, the counting of votes by the Congress party against the BJP MLAs, who have used the aides in the counting of votes, is likely to be delayed but will soon begin. The old party’s complaint stated that the use of aides was a violation of election policy 1961.

By 4 pm, 285 lawmakers of all political parties voted.

Deshmukh and Malik were denied permission to vote in the recent Rajya Sabha elections after the Bombay High Court rejected the bail application. NCP leaders are currently in judicial custody in cases of illegal money laundering.

Deshmukh was arrested in November last year in connection with a corruption case against Mumbai’s former police commissioner, Param Beer Singh. Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his Companions.

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