MUMBAI: Congress MLA Nana Patole has been elected as the Maharashtra assembly speaker unopposed. BJP chose to withdraw their nominee for the post. BJP had nominated Murbad legislator Kisan Kathore as its candidate for the Speaker's post.
The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance, The Maha Vikas Aghadi, formed the government with Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray taking over as the chief minister.
Thackeray said that he trusts Patole in terms of delivering justice because he is from a family of farmers. He was part of the BJP but left the party after accusing prime minister Narendra Modi of being anti-farmer. He joined Congress in 2018 and is the legislator from Sakoli constituency.
Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has been chosen as the leader of the opposition. Uddhav Thackeray assured that Shiv Sena still sticks to the Hindutva politics, and he still regards Fadnavis as a very good friend.
Fadnavis stepped down as the chief minister after losing Ajit Pawar as the deputy chief minister.