Mumbai, July 3: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rahul Narwekar on Sunday created history after he was elected as the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Narwekar was elected as the State Assembly Speaker during a special session that began after the formation of the new Eknath Shinde government in Maharashtra.

During the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker election, Narwekar received 164 votes in his support. On the other hand, 107 voted against him. As Narwekar took charge as the Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly, chants of "Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivaji", "Jai Sri Ram", "Bharat Mata ki Jai" and "Vande Mataram" filled the state assembly. BJP Workers in Mumbai Celebrate After Rahul Narwekar Elected as New Maharashtra Assembly Speaker (Watch Video).

After the State Assembly Speaker was elected, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said that Narwekar is the youngest Speaker of the Assembly, not only in Maharashtra but across the country. "He is the son-in-law of the Legislative Council Chairman who is from NCP, Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar," Fadnavis said.

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It must be noted that Narwekar is the son-in-law of Nimbalkar, who is the Legislative Council chairman. With Narwekar's appointment as State Assembly Speaker, Maharashtra has become the only state in the country where the presiding officers of the legislature are in-laws.

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Rahul Narwekar is a lawyer by profession and belongs to a political family. His father, Suresh Narwekar, was a councillor from Colaba area, while his brother, Makarand Narvekar, is a second-term Municipal Councilor. Besides, his sister-in-law Harshita Narwekar is a also a Municipal Councillor.

Narwekar was elected to the Assembly from Mumbai's Colaba constituency. Before joining BJP, the 45-year-old politician was associated with the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party.

Rahul Narwekar is the son-in-law of senior NCP leader Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar, who is also chairman of the Maharashtra legislative council.

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Before 2014, Narwekar was the spokesperson of the Youth Wing of Shiv Sena. in 2014, he quit Sena and joined Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, Rahul Narwekar contested as an NCP candidate from the Maval constituency. However, he lost to Shiv Sena's Shrirang Appa Barne. BJP’s Rahul Narwekar Elected As Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

A few years later in 2019, Narwekar joined the BJP. He contested the Maharashtra Assembly Elections on a BJP ticket and won the Colaba constituency by defeating Congress leader Bhai Jagtap.

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