Senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra minister Balasaheb Thorat on Sunday hit out at Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari after the election of the Speaker of the Assembly, saying that he had been demanding it for some time, but it seems that the Governor is sleeping for one and a half years. Were were ,
BJP’s Rahul Narvekar was elected the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Sunday. He defeated the Shiv Sena candidate Rajan Salvi led by Uddhav Thackeray. The post of the president was vacant since February last year after Congress’s Nana Patole resigned.
Earlier this year, leaders of the then ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA- comprising Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) urged Koshyari to clear the schedule for the election of the Speaker during the budget session (in March). Earlier, in the last legislature session, the then MVA government amended the existing rules to facilitate the election of the Speaker through voice vote. Describing this decision as unconstitutional, the Governor had sought legal opinion.
On Sunday, a two-day special session of the 288-member House began at the Vidhan Bhavan, where Narvekar was elected Speaker. In a statement congratulating Narvekar on the floor of the House, Thorat said, “The Speaker was elected in a transparent manner. This is what we have been demanding from the Governor for a long time. It seems that the governor was sleeping for one and a half years.
Thorat said that when the MVA was in power in Maharashtra, they wanted to make the speaker’s appointment process on the lines of the Lok Sabha. “We wanted to make the entire process transparent unlike the earlier process of secret ballot. We also tried to approach the court, but the Supreme Court did not take a quick decision, the Congress MLA said.
The Eknath Shinde-led government will face a floor test in the assembly on Monday. Last month, MLA Shinde had started a rebellion against Shiv Sena. Most of the party MLAs supported him, due to which the MVA government led by Uddhav Thackeray fell.
Shinde took oath as the 20th Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Thursday, while BJP veteran Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Deputy CM.