Mumbai: Rahul Narvekar of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been elected as the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker on Sunday.
The voting process commenced at 11 AM today after the House proceedings and Narvekar got the majority figure as 164 votes were cast in his favour. He defeated the opposition candidate Rajan Salvi who got 107 votes.
Notably, it was already expected that Narvekar will win the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker elections.
Narvekar is a BJP MLA from Colaba Assembly in Mumbai. In the year 2019, before the Maharashtra Assembly elections, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. Earlier, he had been associated with NCP and Shiv Sena.
On Saturday, Eknath Shinde along with his faction of MLAs on Saturday reached Mumbai from Goa where the rebel Shiv Sena legislators were camping after returning from Assam.
Riding on the support of rebel MLAs, who still have faith in Balasaheb's Hindutva ideology, Eknath Sambhaji Shinde rode the high tides of Maharashtra politics to become the 20th Chief Minister and outcast Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray from the top post.
From being an auto driver to a Shiv Sena street fighter to becoming the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the journey of Eknath Shinde is inspiring as well as challenging.
Shinde, one of the most loyal leaders of Shiv Sena, had taken more than two dozen MLAs with him while rebelling in the party. Seeing the heating up of the political atmosphere, he had gone to Guwahati, the capital of Assam.