Senior Shiv Sena leader and legislator Neelam Gorhe was on Monday elected unopposed as Deputy Chairperson of Maharashtra Legislative Council.
Gorhe is the second woman to occupy the post after J T Sipahimalani.
Legislative Council Chairperson Ramraje Nimblkar announced Gorhe’s appointment to the post as unopposed after Congress supported People’s Republican Party legislator Jogendra Kawade withdrew his nomination.
“Despite being in NDA, Shiv Sena had supported the Congress’s Pratibha Patil for the presidential polls. So, we are returning that favour by withdrawing the candidature today,” said Sharad Ranpise, legislator and Congress party leader in the Council.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, senior Sena leader and Industries Minister Subhash Desai, NCP leader and Leader of opposition Dhananjay Munde and Ranpise congratulated Gorhe after being elected unopposed.
Lauding her appointment, Fadnavis said, “Dr Gorhe has rich experience in public life. Her background in the medical field has helped in giving valuable inputs to various causes.”
Munde said, “the experience she brings will help in the smooth functioning of the House.”
Congress leader Manikrao Thakre had held this post till July 2018.
Gorhe, a third term member of the Legislative Council, has been a deputy leader and spokesperson of the Shiv Sena for more than ten years.
The BJP has tried to placate its ally by leaving this post for the Sena which was reportedly unhappy that it was not offered the Deputy chairman’s post in the Rajya Sabha.