Congress has nominated Nana Patole to the speaker’s post in Maharashtra.
In an attempt to reach out to the agrarian communities in a government that is 'top-heavy' with western Maharashtra and Maratha leaders, Congress on Saturday nominated its former Kisan Wing leader Nana Patole for the Speaker's post.
Patole, who comes from the OBC Kunabi community in Vidarbha region, was earlier a BJP MP who rebel against his party during Prime Minister Modi's first term between 2014 to 2019. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party just ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls to defeat NCP strongman Praful Patel from Bhandara–Gondiya seat. The leader later rebelled against the Modi.
Later, Nana Patole joined Congress, and contested against Union minister Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur, but he lost. The decision of Congress can be seen as a move to maintain both caste and regional balance.