List of speakers of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

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Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
अध्यक्ष महाराष्ट्र विधानसभा
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Narhari Sitaram Zirwal

since 4 February 2021
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
StyleThe Hon’ble (formal)
Mr. Speaker (informal)
Member ofMaharashtra Legislative Assembly
Reports toGovernment of Maharashtra
SeatMaharashtra Legislature
AppointerMembers of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
Term lengthDuring the life of the vidhan Sabha (five years maximum)
Constituting instrumentArticle 93 of the Constitution of India
PrecursorNana Patole ,INC
(01 December 2019 - 04 February 2021)
Inaugural holder
Formation1 May 1960
DeputyNarhari Sitaram Zirwal
Deputy Speaker
Salary - approximately

The Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly is the presiding officer of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra, the main law-making body for the Indian state of Maharashtra. The Speaker is elected in the very first meeting of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly after the general elections for a term of 5 years from amongst the members of the assembly. The Speaker holds office till either he/she ceases to be a member of the assembly or resigns from the office. The Speaker can be removed from office by a resolution passed in the assembly by an effective majority of its members. In the absence of Speaker, the meeting of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly is presided by the Deputy Speaker.


The Speaker of the Assembly:

  1. Must be a citizen of India;
  2. Must not be less than 25 years of age; and
  3. Should not hold any office of profit under the Government of Maharashtra.

Powers and functions of the speaker

The speaker of the legislative assembly conducts the business in house, and decides whether a bill is a money bill or not. They maintain discipline and decorum in the house and can punish a member for their unruly behaviour by suspending them. They also permit the moving of various kinds of motions and resolutions such as a motion of no confidence, motion of adjournment, motion of censure and calling attention notice as per the rules. The speaker decides on the agenda to be taken up for discussion during the meeting. The date of election of the speaker is fixed by the Governor of Maharashtra. Further, all comments and speeches made by members of the House are addressed to the speaker. The speaker is answerable to the house. Both the speaker and deputy speaker may be removed by a resolution passed by the majority of the members.

List Of Speakers

The Assembly is headed by a Speaker, elected by members in a simple majority vote. The following is the list of speakers of the Assembly.[1]

Sr No Speaker Party Tenure Reference
Pre-Independence Bombay Legislative Assembly (1937–47)
1 Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar Congress 21 July 1937 20 January 1946
2 Kundanmal Sobhachand Firodia 21 May 1946 14 August 1947
Post-Independence Bombay Legislative Assembly (1947–60)
(2) Kundanmal Sobhachand Firodia Congress 15 August 1947 31 January 1952
3 Dattatray Kashinath Kunte 5 May 1952 31 October 1956
4 S. L. Silam 21 November 1956 30 April 1960
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (born 1960)
(4) S. L. Silam Congress 1 May 1960 12 March 1962
5 Balasaheb Bharde 17 March 1962 15 March 1972
6 S. K. Wankhede 22 March 1972 20 April 1977
7 Balasaheb Desai 4 July 1977 13 March 1978
8 Shivraj Patil 17 March 1978 6 December 1979
9 Pranlal Vora 1 February 1980 29 June 1980
10 Sharad Dighe 2 July 1980 11 January 1985
11 Shankarrao Jagtap 20 March 1985 19 March 1990
12 Madhukarrao Chaudhari 21 March 1990 22 March 1995
13 Dattaji Nalawade Shiv Sena 24 March 1995 19 October 1999
14 Arun Gujarathi Congress 22 October 1999 17 October 2004
15 Babasaheb Kupekar NCP 6 November 2004 3 November 2009
16 Dilip Walse-Patil 11 November 2009 8 November 2014
17 Haribhau Bagade BJP 12 November 2014 25 November 2019
18 Nana Patole Congress 1 December 2019 4 February 2021 [2][3]
Acting Narhari Sitaram Zirwal NCP 4 February 2021 Incumbent

See also


  1. ^ "Legislative Assebmly Speakers" (PDF) (in Marathi). Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Nana Patole quits as Speaker, set to be named Maharashtra Congress President". The Times of India. 5 February 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  3. ^ Anuja (2 December 2019). "Devendra Fadnavis elected leader of opposition, Congress gets speaker post". Mint. Retrieved 13 May 2021.