Mumbai: Sumitra Mahajan is the fourth leader hailing from Maharashtra to occupy the post of Lok Sabha Speaker.
An eight-term MP from Indore, Mahajan was born to Usha and Purushotam Sathe in Chiplun in coastal Konkan region of Maharashtra and moved to Indore after marriage to late Jayant Mahajan.
Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar, who was Speaker of the first Lok Sabha from May 15, 1952 to February 27, 1956, was born in 1888 at Baroda in Gujarat but his family originally belonged to Mavalange in Ratnagiri district, also in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, which was then in Bombay.
Congress leader Shivraj Patil, who hails from Latur in Marathwada region, was Speaker between July 10, 1991 and May 22,1996.
Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi, who also hails from Konkan region, was Lok Sabha Speaker from May 10, 2002 to June 2, 2004.