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MVA government fails to elect speaker despite majority

Election of Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly: Even in the winter session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, the election of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly could not be conducted by the government of Maha Bikash Aghadi with a huge majority. For the election, the government changed the rules, passed a resolution from the cabinet and sent it to the governor by the election date, but the governor, after seeking legal advice, thwarted the government’s plan in a letter to the chief minister. The Maha Bikash Aghadi government led by Uddhav Thackeray, which sought the support of 170 MLAs, failed to provide a full-time speaker in the assembly for the third consecutive session.

Election for the post of Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

On the first day of the five-day winter session, a proposal to change the presidential election was passed. Under which the President will be elected by voice vote even if not by secret ballot. The government claims that this will stop the horse business, so the rules are being changed. After the change of rules from the assembly, a proposal was also sent to the governor from the cabinet for elections. According to sources, the governor has raised some questions after seeking legal advice. This is considered to be a big blow to the Congress, but the Congress is accusing the governor of doing politics for all this.

The governor threw water on the government’s plan

On February 5, 2021, the then Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Nana Patole, resigned from her post. This term has been vacant for 10 months. Already 3 assembly sessions have been held. Experts believe that the Shiv Sena and NCP in the government are not very favorable for the current presidential election. However, the Congress could not decide the name for the post. However, the BJP is asking the Maharashtra government if the government has the support of 170 MLAs, then why is the government afraid to hold elections by secret ballot?

Twelve BJP MLAs have been suspended in the July assembly session. In this session, the government conducted the election by secret ballot, but considering the majority of the government, there was no fraud in the election of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. The 12 suspended BJP MLAs have already approached the Supreme Court and will be heard in February. If the suspension of 12 MLAs from the Supreme Court is postponed, it will be a big victory for the BJP and could lead to more trouble for the government during the election of the Speaker in the next session.

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