Maharashtra: NCP's Dhananjay Munde new LoP in legislative council

  • HT Correspondent and agencies, Nagpur
  • Updated: Dec 22, 2014 21:18 IST

Dhananjay Munde of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) was appointed as the leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the Maharashtra legislative council on Monday.

Chairman of the council, Shivajirao Deshmukh announced Munde's name for the coveted post amidst thumping of desks by members.

According to convention, Munde was escorted to his chair by other members and group leaders of BJP and Shiv Sena.

Munde, nephew of late BJP stalwart Gopinath Munde, had claimed his candidature for the post in the council on December 9.

Last week, the NCP, irked with delay on part of the chairman to take the decision, had moved a no-confidence motion against him. However, two days before the ongoing winter session of the state legislature comes to end, Deshmukh announced Munde's appointment as LoP.

The NCP has 28 members in the legislative Council, more than the Congress’ 21.

Dhananjay is the nephew of the BJP stalwart late Gopinath Munde. He quit the party and joined the NCP in July 2013, after the latter chose to field his daughter Pankaja from Parli, the seat he vacated to concentrate on national politics.

Dhananjay in his new role is expected to trouble the ruling BJP, with which he is familiar.

In the legislative assembly, Bagde is yet to decide if the leader of Opposition should be from the Congress or the NCP, both of which have staked claim to the post. Congress, with 42 members, has nominated Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil. The NCP has 41 MLAs, but claims the support of four others for its candidate RR Patil.

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