Shiv Sena legislator Dr. Neelam Gorhe has been elected unopposed as Deputy Chairperson of the Maharashtra Legislative Council. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, who is the Chairman of the Council, announced Gorhe's appointment to the post.
She is the first woman to be appointed Deputy Chairperson of the state Legislative Council, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in the House.
Gorhe, a third-term MLC, earlier also filed her nomination for the post in 2015, but later withdrew it.
Earlier, Dushyant Chaturvedi, son of Satish Chaturvedi, former Congress minister from Nagpur, joined the Shiv Sena in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray.
On the occasion, Thackeray announced that Dushyant would soon get a good responsibility in the party. Satish Chaturvedi, former minister in the state government and a five-time MLA from Nagpur, had been expelled from the Congress in February last year for allegedly working against the party.
Sena sources confirmed that Dushyant will be the party's candidate in the upcoming Assembly polls, but refused to divulge the constituency that he will represent.
Satish Chaturvedi had won elections from Nagpur East, but BJP's Krishna Pancham Khopde had snatched the seat from him in 2009 and retained it in the 2014 Assembly elections.
With PTI Inputs