Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday approved the appointment of senior leader CP Joshi as Rajasthan Assembly Speaker, Mahesh Joshi as chief whip and Mahendra Chaudhary as deputy chief whip.
The election of the new Speaker will be held on Wednesday and Governor Kalyan Singh will administer the oath of office on the same day, party sources said. Joshi, 68, has been elected from the Nathdwara assembly constituency.
He was the Member of Parliament from Bhilwara in the 15th Lok Sabha and had served as the Union Minister for road transport and highways, and Panchayati Raj from 2009 to 2013.
Senior BJP MLA Gulab Chand Kataria took oath as the pro-tem speaker of the Rajasthan Assembly on Monday. The pro-tem speaker will conduct the first meeting of the 15th Legislative Assembly beginning Tuesday.
Once a new speaker is elected, Kataria, who was the home minister in the previous government, will be the Leader of Opposition, while Rajendra Rathore will be his deputy (Leader of Opposition) in the assembly.