Amid a tussle for power between the BJP-Eknath Shinde group and the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi, the stage seems set for elections for the coveted post of Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
The BJP-Eknath Shinde group fielded Rahul Narwekar, a first BJP MP from Colaba, while the Maha Vikas Aghadi nominated Rajan Salvi, a Shiv Sena MP from Rajapur for three terms.
The election of the President would take place on Sunday, the first day of the two-day special session of the Assembly.
On Monday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is expected to propose a motion of confidence.
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Incidentally, Narwekar (45) is the son-in-law of NCP’s Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar, Speaker of the Legislative Council of Maharashtra.
Narwekar started with Shiv Sena and left in 2014 when he was denied a place on the Council. Subsequently, he joined the NCP and unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha’s 2019 polls with Naval.
Then he moved to the BJP and became close to current deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Narwekar received a ticket from the prestigious Colaba seat in Mumbai, which he won. He comes from a family that was involved in politics. His father Suresh Narwekar was a Colaba Corporator. His brother Makarand Narwekar is a second-term Colaba caporator.
Salvi (56), a hard core Shiv Sainik close to Shiv Sena chairman Uddhav Thackeray, won the Rajapur seat in Ratnagiri district for the third time in 2019.