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Maharashtra Legislative Council
महाराष्ट्र विधान परिषद
6th Assembly
Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, NCP
Deputy Chairman
Leader of House
Leader of Opposition
Seats 78
Meeting place
Maharashtra Legislative Council
Vidhana Bhavan in Mumbai (summer session)
Vidhan Bhavan, Nagpur, the auxiliary seat of the Maharashtra Vidhan Parishad

The Maharashtra Vidhan Parishad or Maharashtra State Legislative Council is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of Maharashtra state in western India.


The seat of the Vidhan Parishad is situated at the Nariman Point area of South Mumbai in the capital Mumbai. The budget session and the monsoon session are convened in Mumbai whereas the winter session is convened in the auxiliary capital Nagpur.

Composition of Legislative Council[edit]

Legislative Council shall consist of seventy-eight (78) members, chosen in the manner provided in this section.

  1. 30 members shall be elected by the members of the Legislative Assembly
  2. 7 members are elected from amongst graduates from seven divisions of Maharashtra ( Mumbai, Amravati Division, Nashik Division, Aurangabad Division, Konkan Division, Nagpur Division and Pune Division)
  3. 7 members are elected from amongst teachers from seven divisions of Maharashtra ( Mumbai, Amravati Division, Nashik Division, Aurangabad Division, Konkan Division, Nagpur Division and Pune Division)
  4. 22 members are elected from amongst the local bodies of Maharashtra from 21 divisions of Maharashtra ( Mumbai (2 seats) and one seat each from Ahmednagar, Akola-cum-Washim-cum-Buldhana, Amravati, Aurangabad-cum-Jalna, Bhandara- Gondiya, Dhule-cum-Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Osmanabad-cum-Latur-cum-Beed, Parbhani-Hingoli, Pune, Raigad-cum-Ratnagiri-cum-Sindhudurg, Sangli-cum-Satara, Solapur, Thane, Wardha-cum-Chandrapur-cum-Gadhchiroli and Yavatmal)
  5. 12 members having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of matters such as literature, science, art, co-operative movement and social serviceshall be nominated by the Governor

It is a continuous House and not subject to dissolution. However, one-third of its members retire every second year and are replaced by new members. As such a member enjoys a tenure of six years. The members of the Vidhan Parishad elect its Chairman and Deputy Chairman.

Current leaders[edit]

Current Chairman is Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar and Deputy Chairman is Vasant Davkhare. Leader of the House is Eknath Khadse and Leader of Opposition is Dhananjay Munde.[1]

Constituencies and members[edit]

See here the List of members of the Maharashtra Legislative Council - ( Past and Present members ).

The following are the constituencies of the Maharashtra Vidhan Parishad:[2]

Elected by Vidhan Sabha Members (31)[edit]

  1. Indian National Congress (28 July 2012 - 27 July 2018[3] )
  2. Manikrao Thakare, Indian National Congress (2004–2012) (28 July 2012 - 27 July 2018[3])
  3. Sharad Namdev Ranpise, Indian National Congress (28 July 2012 - 27 July 2018[3])
  4. Jayant Prabhakar Patil, Peasants and Workers Party of India (28 July 2012 - 27 July 2018[3])
  5. Jaidev Gaikwad, Nationalist Congress Party (28 July 2012 - 27 July 2018[3])
  6. Narendra Patil, Nationalist Congress Party (28 July 2012 - 27 July 2018[3])
  7. Amarsinh Pandit, Nationalist Congress Party (28 July 2012 - 27 July 2018[3])
  8. Vinayak Raut, Shiv Sena (28 July 2012 - 27 July 2018[3])
  9. Anil Parab, Shiv Sena (28 July 2012 - 27 July 2018[3])
  10. Vijay Girkar, Bharatiya Janata Party (28 July 2012 - 27 July 2018)[3]
  11. Ashish Shelar, Bharatiya Janata Party(28 July 2012 - 27 July 2018)[3][4]
  12. Chandrakant Batesingh Raghuvanshi, Indian National Congress
  13. Haribhau Rathod, Indian National Congress
  14. Deepak Ramchandra Sawant
  15. Vinayakrao Mete, Nationalist Congress Party
  16. Divakar Raote, Shiv Sena
  17. Shri Pritviraj Dajisaheb Chavan, Indian National Congress
  18. Shivajirao Bapusaheb Deshmukh, Indian National Congress(1996–2002)(2002–2008),(2008–2014),(2014-2020)
  19. Smt. Kanta Jaysing Nalawade, Bharatiya Janata Party
  20. Vilas Vinayak Avchat, Shiv Sena
  21. Neelam Gorhe, Shiv Sena
  22. Vinod Shridhar Tawde, Bharatiya Janata Party
  23. Pandurang Phundkar Bharatiya Janata Party
  24. Dipti Chaudhari, Indian National Congress
  25. Vijay Sawant, Independent
  26. Ramraje Nail-Nimbalkar, Nationalist Congress Party
  27. Prakash Binsale, Nationalist Congress Party
  28. Dhananjay Munde, Nationalist Congress Party
  29. Shobha Phadnavis, Bharatiya Janata Party
  30. Subhash Desai, Shiv Sena[5]
  31. Anand Thakur, Nationalist Congress Party


Local Authorities' constituencies (21)[edit]

  1. Mumbai Local Authorities (1): Ramdas Kadam, Shiv Sena (2 Jan 2010 - 1 Jan 2016)[7]
  2. Mumbai Local Authorities (2): Bhai Jagtap
  3. Dhule-cum-Nandurbar Local Authorities: Amrish Patel
  4. Nagpur Local Authorities : Rajendra Mulak, Indian National Congress
  5. Ahmednagar Local Authorities : Arun Jagtap, Independent
  6. Solapur Local Authorities: Deepak Salunke, Nationalist Congress Party
  7. Kolhapur Local Authorities: Mahadev Mahadik, Indian National Congress
  8. Akola-cum-Washim-cum-Buldhana Local Authorities: Gopalkisan Radhakisan Bajoria, Shiv Sena (2 Jan 2010 - 1 Jan 2016)[7]
  9. Jalgaon Local Authorities: Vacant[8]
  10. Nashik Local Authorities: Shivaji Sahane Shivsena[9]
  11. Thane Local Authorities: Vasant Davkhare, Nationalist Congress Party (1992–98)(1998–2004)(2004–2010)(2010–2016)
  12. Raigad-cum-Ratnagiri-cum-Sindhudurg Local Authorities: Anil Tatkare, Nationalist Congress Party.[9]
  13. Pune Local Authorities : Anil Shivajirao Bhosale, Nationalist Congress Party
  14. Sangli-cum-Satara Local Authorities : Prabhakar Gharge Nationalist Congress Party
  15. Osmanabad-cum-Latur-cum-Beed Local Authorities: Diliprao Deshmukh, Indian National Congress(2000–2006)(2006–2012).[9]
  16. Aurangabad-cum-Jalna Local Authorities : Subhash Zambad, Indian National Congress (2013–2018)
  17. Parbhani-Hingoli Local Authorities: Abdullah Latif Khan alais Babajani Durrani, Nationalist Congress Party
  18. Nanded Local Authorities: Amarnath Rajurkar, Indian National Congress
  19. Amravati Local Authorities: Pravin Pote, Bhartiya Janta Party
  20. Yavatmal Local Authorities: Sandeep Bajoria, Nationalist Congress Party[10]
  21. Wardha-cum-Chandrapur-cum-Gadhchiroli Local Authorities: Mitesh Bhangdia, Bhartiya Janta Party

Teachers' constituencies (7)[edit]

  1. Mumbai Teachers: Kapil Patil, Lok Bharti ( July 2004- July 2018)
  2. Konkan Division Teachers: Ramnath Mote, Bharatiya Janata Party
  3. Pune Division Teachers  : Bhagwan Salunkhe, Bharatiya Janata Party[11]
  4. Nashik Division Teachers: Apurva Prashant Hiray, Independent ( July 2012- July 2018)[12]
  5. Aurangabad Division Teachers: Vikram Kale, Nationalist Congress Party
  6. Amravati Division Teachers: Vasantrao Dadarao Khotre[13]
  7. Nagpur Division Teachers: Nago G Ganar

Graduates' constituencies (7)[edit]

  1. Mumbai Graduates - Dr Deepak Sawant-Shiv Sena ( July 2004- July 2018)
  2. Konkan Division Graduates - Niranjan Davkhare, National Congress Party ( July 2012- July 2018)[12]
  3. Pune Division Graduates - Chandrakant Bacchu Patil, Bharatiya Janata Party[11]
  4. Nashik Division Graduates - Dr. Sudhir Tambe.
  5. Aurangabad Division Graduates - Satish Chavan
  6. Amravati Division Graduates - Dr.Ranjit Patil[13]
  7. Nagpur Division Graduates - Anil Sole, Bhartiya Janata Party


Governor Nominated (12)[edit]

Current Composition of Legislative Council[edit]

Nationalist Congress Party    28
Indian National Congress      21
Bharatiya Janata Party        12
Shivsena                      07
Independent                   10
Total                         78

See also[edit]