Panaji: BJP’s Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar was on June 4 elected as the Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly.
Patnekar was up against Congress’ candidate and former Goa Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane. While Patnekar polled 22 votes, Rane polled 16.
On June 3, Secretary of Goa Legislative Assembly received nominations from Patnekar and Rane to contest the elections for the post of the Speaker.
Earlier in the day, State Governor Mridula Sinha called a one-day Assembly session to elect the Speaker.
The BJP-led ruling coalition has a strength of 24 in the 40-member State Legislative Assembly, comprising of 17 BJP MLAs, three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party, three independents and one Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLA.
The Opposition has 15 Congress MLAs and one legislator of the Nationalist Congress Party.
The election for the post of Speaker of the Assembly took place as former Speaker Pramod Sawant was appointed as Chief Minister on March 18, following the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
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