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Deotale, Chavan frontrunners for Deputy Speaker`s post

Last Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 09:16

Mumbai: Senior Congress Legislators
Sanjay Deotale and Madhukar Chavan are front-runners for the
post of Maharashtra Assembly Deputy Speaker, party sources
said.

"Deotale and Chavan are strong contenders for Deputy
Speaker`s post, which will go to Congress as NCP MLA Dilip
Walse-Patil was elected Speaker," the sources told a news agency.

Deotale is a fourth-term MLA from Warora Assembly
Constituency in Vidarbha`s Chandrapur District. Chavan, senior
Congress leader from Marathwada region, from where Chief
Minister Ashok Chavan hails, is also a fourth term MLA from
Tuljapur.

Deotale headed a Legislature panel which, in 2003,
conducted extensive research in rural hospitals in the high
lathyrus consumption districts of Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur
and Gadchiroli districts.

Madhukar Chavan was an aspirant for a berth in the
newly-constituted state ministry.

The new Deputy Speaker is likely to be elected during
the winter session of state legislature, which begins at
Nagpur on December 8, the sources said.

Pramod Shende, Deputy Speaker in the 11th Assembly,
was from Vidarbha and was elected to the post in December
2004.

Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse has demanded that
the Deputy Speaker`s post be given to the Sena-BJP Opposition
alliance as it had ensured unanimous election of Walse-Patil
as Speaker.

However, the ruling combine is in no mood to oblige,
the sources said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 09:16

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