Rahul Narwekar Is New Maharashtra Assembly Speaker: 5 Facts About Him

The election for the post of Assembly Speaker is crucial in view of the recent turn of events in the state.

Mumbai: BJP legislator Rahul Narwekar was elected the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker today as he polled 164 votes, nearly 50 votes more than Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena candidate Rajan Salvi.

Here are 5 big points on new Maharashtra Assembly Speaker:

  1. Mr Narwekar, 45, was elected to the Assembly from Mumbai's Colaba constituency. He has been associated with the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party in the past.

  2. Mr Narwekar is the son-in-law of senior NCP leader Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar, who is also chairman of the Maharashtra legislative council.

  3. He was the spokesperson of Youth Wing of Shiv Sena before quitting the party in 2014. After his stint in the Sena, he moved to Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party.

  4. Rahul Narwekar unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Maval. At the time he lost to Shrirang Appa Barne of the Shiv Sena.

  5. Mr Narwekar joined the BJP before the 2019 Maharashtra assembly polls. He won the assembly elections from Colaba, defeating Congress' Bhai Jagtap.