New Delhi: Congress MLA Nana Patole was on Sunday elected unopposed as the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker after the Opposition BJP withdrew the candidature of its nominee Kisan Kathore. Notably, it has been a tradition in Maharashtra that Speaker is elected unopposed. Reports claimed that the BJP decided to took back it’s speaker candidate, Kisan Kathore’s nomination, following the request of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance.
“We had nominated Kisan Kathore for the post of assembly speaker, but in all-party meeting, other parties requested us and it has been a tradition that speaker is appointed unopposed, so we accepted the request and withdrew our candidate’s name”, former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis stated in the House.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra CM and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray exuded confidence that Patole, who comes from a farmer family will give justice to everyone. Patole, a senior Congress leader was Sena-NCP-Congress choice for the speaker post.
As per the agreement between the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, the Speaker’s post was given to the grand old party while the deputy Chief Minister would be from the Sharad Pawar-led NCP. The Shiv Sena, being the largest party of the Aghadi coalition, claimed the Chief Ministerial post.
Yesterday, with the support 169 MLAs, the Uddhav Thackeray-led ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ government comfortably won the trust vote in the 288-member Assembly.
After winning the confidence vote, CM Thackeray, sporting a bright golden-saffron coloured headgear, bowed before the House and expressed his gratitude to the Assembly for reposing confidence in his government and said it would get down to work in right earnest.