Maharashtra in focus as state braces for Assembly Speaker election

By Shgun S -- July 03, 2022 9:54 am -- Updated:July 03, 2022 9:54 am

Mumbai (Maharashtra), July 3: The election of the Speaker for the Maharashtra Assembly is all set to take place on Sunday after the new Eknath Shinde government took over after the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) rule in the state.

The stage is set for political developments in Maharashtra to happen over the weekend with the MLAs' return from Goa, where they joined their leader Shinde in echoing the revolt against Uddhav Thackeray. The Shinde-Fadnavis government will have to prove its majority on the House Floor on Monday in a Vote of Confidence during the two-day special session of the Assembly, which begins on Sunday.

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Notably, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was considered the front-runner for the top position in the government, was sworn in as Shinde's deputy. Shinde had led the revolt against Shiv Sena leader and former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

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Furthermore, the MVA has nominated BJP MLA Rahul Narwekar as a candidate for the position of Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, while the Shiv Sena has nominated Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi. The Shiv Sena has ordered all of its members to be in the Assembly today.

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"We have filed the nomination of Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi. Congress had the first claim but we sat down with Shiv Sena and NCP and this decision was taken together," Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat stated.

The post of the Speaker went vacant in the Maharashtra Assembly after Congress' Nana Patole resigned from the office in February 2021, to take guard as the party's state unit chief. In the absence of a Speaker, Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal was serving as an acting Speaker in the House.

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