BJP-Shinde faction wins, Rahul Narvekar becomes Speaker of Assembly
The post of Maharashtra Assembly Speaker was vacant since February 2021 after the resignation of Congress leader Nana Patole.
Eknath Shinde and BJP alliance candidate Rahul Narvekar have won the election of Maharashtra Assembly Speaker. For victory in the election of the Speaker of the Assembly, 144 votes were needed. Rahul Narvekar has got 164 votes. On the other hand, Rajan Salvi, the candidate of Mahavikas Aghadi alliance, has lost. He has got 107 votes.
Many MLAs did not participate in voting in the assembly speaker election. MLAs of Samajwadi Party and AIMIM did not vote. At the same time, the MLA of Raj Thackeray's party cast his vote for the BJP candidate. Two MLAs of Mahavikas alliance Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh are in jail because of this, he too could not participate in the voting.
After the election of the Speaker, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said that the BJP-Shiv Sena government has taken charge on the basis of the beliefs of Balasaheb Thackeray. Taking a jibe at Uddhav Thackeray, he said, "Till today we have seen that people come to the government from the opposition but this time the leaders of the government have come to the opposition."
Two MLAs who joined the Shinde faction, leaving Uddhav Thackeray, have returned to the Thackeray camp. Shiv Sena MLAs Nitin Deshmukh and Kailash Patil have returned. On their return, the legislators of the opposition Mahavikas Aghadi alliance welcomed them by thumping the table.