Congress MLA Nana Patole was elected unopposed as the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker after his BJP challenger Kisan Kathore unexpectedly withdrew his nomination ahead of the voting on Sunday.
This comes a day after the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance passed the floor test on Saturday with the backing of 169 MLAs in 288-member Assembly.
Patole was nominated by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine for Assembly Speaker's post. With the opposition BJP nominated Kisan Kathore to the speaker’s post, an imminent fight was in line. But later, unexpectedly BJP withdrew its speaker candidate which paved the unopposed victory of Congress MLA Nana Patole.
Nana Patole has been elected to state assembly from Sakoli seat. He was earlier elected as a BJP MP from Bhandara-Gondiya constituency in 2014 but the quit the party in 2017. He unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election against BJP's Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur.