Senior NCP leader Dilip Walse-Patil is the Speaker in the newly constituted Maharashtra assembly. Election to the post of speaker in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly ended in Vidhan Bhavan on the last day. NCP leader and former finance minister Dilip Walse-Patil who was the nominee of the ruling Congress-NCP combine is the new speaker. BJP legislator Girish Bapat was the candidate of the Sena-BJP. Both Walse-Patil and Girish Bapat filed their nominations. Walse Patil’s candidature was supported by Chief Mnister Ashok Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, Home Minister R R Patil and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshvardhan Patil. While Bapat’s nomination was supported by Subhash Desai and Suresh Jain (Shiv Sena) and Eknath Khadse and Sambhaji Pawar (BJP). Congress has 82 MLAs and NCP 62 in the 288-member House. Shiv Sena has 44 and BJP 46 MLAs. Dilip Walse-Patil will be the Speaker for the 12th Assembly. Walse-Patil was finance minister in the outgoing government and had earlier held crucial portfolios like Energy. He also has vast legislative experience and has been awarded the best Parliamentarian award. According to the agreement reached with its coalition partner Congress, the Speaker post goes to the NCP. Considering the situation in view of resentment of senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar over being sidelined from the post of Deputy Chief Minister, the party would need a strong person on the Speaker’s post to handle any emergency and the NCP believes that Dilip Walse Patil is most apt for the job. Bureau report – NMTV News.