Maha: First-time MLA Narvekar is BJP nominee for speaker post; Cong asks why hold election now
First-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Rahul Narvekar on Friday filed his nomination as the party candidate for the post of Maharashtra Assembly speaker, election for which, if required, will be held on July 3.
The Congress, which was part of the erstwhile Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, sought to know how Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari can allow the Speaker's election now when he did not give consent for the process when the Shiv Sena-led alliance was in power.
A communique issued by the state legislature secretariat to the Assembly members said the election to the post of the Speaker of the House will be held on July 3. Nominations for the post will be accepted till 12 noon on July 2.
Election for the post, if needed, will be held on July 3, when a special two-day session of the Assembly, called to allow the new Eknath Shinde-led government to prove its majority, begins.
The opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance is yet to announce its candidate for the position, which has been lying vacant since Congress MLA Nana Patole resigned from the post in February last year.
Narvekar is the son-in-law of NCP leader Ramraje Nimbalkar, who is chairman of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, and had been earlier associated with the Sharad Pawar-led party and also the Shiv Sena.
Generally, a senior legislator, who is well-versed with House proceedings, conventions, previous rulings and precedents, is appointed the speaker.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat sought to know how Governor Koshyari can allow election of the Assembly speaker now when he had refused to give consent for the process earlier this year when the Shiv Sena-led MVA was in power.
Talking to reporters, Thorat, who was a minister in the erstwhile MVA government, said a delegation of the then-ruling alliance had called on the Governor and requested him to allow holding of the Speaker's election.
''We got a reply (from the Governor) that the matter was sub-judice. The (Bombay) HC had already rejected a petition challenging our decision to amend rules regarding Speaker's election making it through voice vote and it was pending before the Supreme court,'' Thorat said.
He sought to know what has changed now. ''Will the Governor allow the election through voice vote or secret ballot?'' the Congress leader asked.
Thorat showed a Raj Bhavan letter dated March 15 this year rejecting the MVA government 'a request to allow the Speaker election.
The MVA government amended relevant rules in December 2021 and opted for open voting method (voice vote and show of hands instead of secret ballot) to elect Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.
Mahajan later approached the Supreme Court, where the issue is pending.
He said the opposition alliance will push for disqualification of rebel Shiv Sena members if they fail to vote in favour of the MVA candidate.
''The three parties haven't sat down together to discuss the future course of action after the collapse of the government (on June 29). We will meet to discuss how we can contest the upcoming local body elections together wherever possible. We will have a common candidate for the Speaker 's election,'' Patil said. ''Our government has been dislodged and now we are in the opposition. We will be a responsible opposition and win the faith of people,'' the former minister said.
Referring to the Income Tax notice to NCP president Sharad Pawar, Patil said, ''We came to know about the issue when Pawar spoke about it during a press conference in Pune. If the I-T had sought the details from the Election Commission regarding last four elections he contested, the department would have got their replies.'' He said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who is facing ED questioning in a money laundering case, was innocent. PTI ND MR NP VT RSY RSY
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