Mumbai: With 130 first-timers on its roll, the 288-strong Maharashtra legislative assembly may well be oozing youth and Yo Yo Singh, political analysts said. The new breed of aamdaars (MLAs) will warm up to the multi-layered legislative culture during the state legislature’s three-week winter session in Nagpur from Monday.
While debutante legislators are raring to go, they rue the fact that they will miss the stalwarts, on Opposition and treasury benches as well, who enlivened House proceedings with their wit, debating skills and political acumen.
The 80-plus Ganpatrao Deshmukh, the longest-serving PWP MLA, will be the 2014 assembly’s rare bird, the voice of reason, the analysts said.
The Vidhan Bhavan secretariat recently held a workshop here to help first-timers come to grips with their new vocation, said Anant Kalse, principal secretary, Vidhan Bhavan. Yet, the seniority factor will continue to elude political greenhorns.