The congressional candidate, Nana Patole, will be the Maharashtra speaker when the BJP candidate withdraws

NEW DELHI: The candidate for Congress will be elected as president of the assembly after BJP candidate Kisan Kathore withdrew his candidacy from the race on Sunday.

In confirming this, the leader of the PCN, Chagan Bhujbal, said: Before, the Opposition also filled out the form for the position of speaker of the assembly, but after a request from other MLAs and keeping the dignity of the assembly intact, they have Name retrieved. Now, the speaker's choice will happen without opposition.

The deadline to withdraw the nomination was 10 am on Sunday.

Patole is the candidate of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) who represents the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in the state.

The leader of the Congress represents the segment of the Sakoli assembly and is in his fourth term as MLA. Patole's nomination conveys a message to the state that the MVA is very pro-farmer.

Patole, who was with Congress before, resigned from the game and won the 2014 Lok Sabha election on the BJP ticket.

However, he resigned from the BJP after the differences with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then prime minister in December 2017, and returned to Congress.

Kathore was elected president of Thane zilla parishad in 2002. He became MLA for the first time in 2004 with an Ambernath NCP ticket in the Thane district.

He then won the 2009, 2014 and 2019 assembly elections of Murbad. He played the 2014 and 2019 elections on the BJP ticket.

NCP MLA Dilip Walse Patil was appointed Friday as interim speaker. He replaced BJP MLA Kalidas Kolambkar, who was appointed earlier this week.

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