Maharashtra: Nana Patole elected as Speaker of Legislative Assembly; Fadnavis named leader of opposition

Congress leader Nana Patole has been elected as the Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Kisan Kathore withdrew his nomination this afternoon.

Pro tem speaker Dilip Walse Patil made the announcement. Maharashtra BJP legislature party leader Devendra Fadnavis was named Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly. Newly-elected Speaker Nana Patole made the announcement in the House.

Congratulating Mr Fadnavis, Chief Minister Udhdhav Thackeray said that he won’t call him as an ‘Opposition leader’, but will call him a ‘responsible leader’.

Mr Thackeray added that he has learnt a lot of things from Mr Fadnavis and will always be friends with him. Mr Thackeray also added that he is still with the ideology of ‘Hindutva’ and won’t ever leave it.

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