New Delhi: As the Supreme Court ordered open ballot floor test for Maharashtra on Novembr 27, Wednesday, all eyes are now set on the appointment of the pro-tem speaker. If reports are to be believed, a total of six eligible names (Three senior most MLAs of the BJP and three legislators of the Congress) have been submitted to Maharashtra Governor Koshyari for the post. Also Read - 'Conduct Floor Test Before 5 PM Tomorrow,' Rules Supreme Court on Maharashtra Political Crisis
While Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Kalidas Kolambkar, Babanrao Bhikaji Pachpute are in the fray from the BJP, Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat, KC Padvi are also considered as the front-runners for the post of the pro-tem speaker. NCP’s Jayant Patil and Dilip Walse-Patil are also in the list. Also Read - Maharashtra: '162 And More...Just Wait And Watch', Tweets Sena's Sanjay Raut Ahead of Supreme Court's Final Verdict on Floor Test
As per the set tradition, the senior-most member should be appointed as the pro-tem Speaker. Also Read - Maharashtra: Sena's Uddhav Thackeray Stakes Claim to Form Govt, Will be Sworn-in as CM on November 28
In the current Assembly, Congress’ Balasaheb Thorat a legislator elected from Sangamner (Ahmednagar), is the seniormost MLA with eight terms behind him. Thorat, a lawmaker from Sangamner is also the Congress’ Maharashtra unit chief. He has been elected as Congress Legislative Party leader, earlier in the day.
What is the role of the pro-tem speaker?
The pro-tem speaker, has a limited role. He administers the oath of office to the newly-elected legislators . He also supervises the process of the election of a new speaker, who later conducts the floor test for the chief minister to prove his majority. But in case of Maharashtra pro-tem speaker will conduct floor test, following the directive of the Supreme Court.
How is he Appointed?
The Governor appoints the pro-tem Speaker after seeking recommendations from the Chief Minister.