Shiv Sena may get deputy speaker’s post in Assembly

Shiv Sena may get deputy speaker’s post in Assembly

first_imgDespite the announcement of contesting the forthcoming general elections independently, the Shiv Sena is likely to accept the post of deputy speaker in the State Assembly, indicating both parties are patching up their differences. The move is seen as an attempt by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to soften its ally who has taken an aggressive stand over the issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya. Four years after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government took the reins of power, the State Assembly may have a deputy speaker in the form of Sena member of the Legislative Assembly Vijay Auti. Assembly speaker Haribhau Bagde made the announcement of the election programme for the post on Wednesday. As per the schedule, the election, if required, will be held on the last day of the winter session of the State legislature that falls on November 30. On Tuesday night, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil held a meeting with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to discuss the Maratha reservation issue. However the issue of the deputy speaker’s post in the Assembly and deputy chairman’s post in the State Council was also discussed. Sources said the BJP may also extend the post of deputy chairman in the Council to the Sena. According to sources in the Sena, Mr. Auti is likely to file nomination and will be elected unopposed. A senior leader of the Nationalist Congress Party said fighting for this post makes no sense for the Opposition as it does not have the numbers. “Why should we spend our energy fighting this battle? Barely seven months are left for the State Assembly polls to be announced. Let the BJP give this post to the Sena. It will also expose how both the parties are together, even though they are claiming otherwise,” he said. A Sena leader said although no name has been finalised, the decision would be taken by the party chief. He accepted that at a time when his party is aggressively criticising the BJP over the issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya, the move may send the wrong signals. “There is no reason to reject the offer if the post is offered to us. What will happen in the election is a different story altogether,” said the leader.last_img

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