In a big development, Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Nana Patole on Thursday resigned from his post and had handover over his resignation letter to Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal.
According to a close source to the development, Patole is likely to appoint as next Congress state chief by replacing Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat. Patole had also met former party chief Rahul Gandhi in Delhi, recently. And some reports suggest that his name had been doing the rounds for the post of the state Congress president. Hoverer, there’s no official confirmation by the Congress over this.
Earlier in January this year, there had been a lot of speculation that Balasaheb Thorat who is a current Maharashtra Congress president also the Revenue Minister in Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s Cabinet likely to step down from his post. However, after a lot of buzz, Thorat himself has cleared that the party has not decided anything as such right now.
Patole who was part of the Congress had later joined the BJP and was elected as an MP in 2014 from the Bhandara-Gondia constituency. However, later he quit the BJP after criticizing by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and rejoined Congress. During the formation of Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in 2019, the Congress made Patole as assembly speake