Mumbai: The chairman of Legislative Council Shivajirao Deshmukh on Monday administered the oath to ten nominated members, four from Congress and six from its ally NCP. new MLCs include Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s close associate Anandrao Patil. Rupanwar, who hails from politically influential Dhangaar community and is considered to be close to state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre, is another new MLC to be sworn in from Congress’s side. The other two are Husna Bano Khalife and Mumbai Congress chief Janardan Chandurkar, a Dalit leader. The new members from NCP are former Shiv Sena spokesperson Rahul Narvekar who crossed over to NCP before the Lok Sabha polls, former Republican Party of India leader Prakash Gajbhiye, Vidya Chavan, Khawaja Baig, Ramrao Wadkule, and Jagannath Shinde. Congress is expected to finalise two more names as the nominated members of the Council soon.

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