Senior BJP legislator Haribhau Bagde was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly after Shiv Sena and Congress withdrew their candidates on 12 November 2014.
Mr Bagde is MLA from Phulambhari constituency in Aurangabad district. He was escorted to the Speaker's chair by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and senior-most legislator Ganpatrao Deshmukh of PWP.
Mr Fadnavis described Mr Bagde as a grass root worker and agriculturalist. He held several important posts in the BJP and also he was a minister in the Sena-BJP government in 1995.
Congress candidate Varsha Gaikwad withdrew her nomination for the Speaker's post after former ally NCP declined to support her. Similarly, Shiv Sena also withdrew their candidate in response to the appeal by Chief Minister.
Bagade was born in a Maratha family in Phulambri town of Aurangabad district.
Votes polled by principal candidates in Phulambri constituency in Maharastra Assembly Election of 2014.
Candidate Votes Party
BAGDE HARIBHAU KISANRAO 73294 BJP
DR. KALYAN VAIJINATHRAO KALE 69683 INC
ANURADHATAI ATUL CHAVHAN 31959 NCP