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Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil appointed as LoP in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

Dec 24, 2014 10:00 IST

Congressman Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil was on 23 December 2014 appointed as Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, the lower house.

His appointment was announced by the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde in the Lower House.

Vikhe Patil's appointment came a day after the Nationalist Congress Party member Dhanjay Munde was appointed as Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra legislative council, the upper house.

Background
For over two weeks, the lower House of Maharashtra was functioning without the LoP, after Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde gave up the post when his party joined the Devendra Fadnavis government.

The LoP is the most important post in both houses and is much needed during the discussions on important issues in the houses and also on the budget.

As per the Salary and Allowances of Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Act 1977, Leader of the Opposition is the Leader of that House of the Party in Opposition to the Government  having the greatest numerical strength and recognized by the Chairman of the upper house or the Speaker of the lower house.

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