Cong's Nana Patole elected as Maharashtra Assembly Speaker

Congress leader Manikrao Thakreana said that 'Nana Patole will be our candidate for the Speaker's election.'

Cong's Nana Patole elected as Maharashtra Assembly Speaker
Cong's Nana Patole elected as Maharashtra Assembly Speaker

Congress candidate Nana Patole is set to be elected unopposed as Maharashtra Assembly Speaker after the BJP withdrew its pick Kisan Kathore from the race.

The election to the post comes a day after the Uddhav Thackeray-led government sailed through the floor test amid protests by the BJP.

State BJP chief Chandrakant Patil had earlier said Kathore, party MLA from Murbad in Thane district, will be its candidate had decided to withdraw his candidature.

Patil in an interview said,''BJP had nominated Kisan Kathore for the post of Maharashtra Assembly Speaker, yesterday.

But, once incumbents' request, we have decided to withdraw Kathore's candidature.'

Meanwhile, the Congress on Saturday made the announcement that party MLA Nana Patole as the candidate of the ruling Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance for the election for Maharashtra Assembly Speaker's post, while the BJP named Kisan Kathore as its nominee for which 169 MLAs in the 288-member Assembly voted in its favour, while the BJP's 105 MLAs staged a walkout.

Congress leader Manikrao Thakreana said that 'Nana Patole will be our candidate for the Speaker's election.'

Patole hoped he would be elected unopposed as he said 'They (the BJP) have the right in democracy (to field a candidate).

But it's been a practice in geographic region that Speaker is nonappointive unopposed.

We hope that tradition continues.' 

NCP MLA Dilip Walse Patil was on weekday appointed as pro-tem Speaker.

He replaced BJP MLA Kalidas Kolambkar who was earlier on appointed to the post.