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Aurangabad MLA Haribhau Bagade elected Speaker

Veteran BJP leader and a hardcore RSS member from Aurangabad district of the backward Marathwada region, Haribhau Kisan Bagade popularly known as 'Nana',was today unanimously elected as Speaker of the 13th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Born in Chittepimpalgaon village of Aurangabad district in 1950,he has completed his education till Class X and studied at Saraswati Bhavan Shala at Pimpriraja in the district. 65-year-old Bagade, a Maratha, started his political career by joining the RSS and has participated in its activities since long. During the emergency in 1977, he helped underground RSS and Jan sangh leaders and worked for awareness among people in the region against the emergency imposed by late PM Indira Gandhi. He has fought seven assembly elections in a row since 1985 and won in 1985, 1990, 1995, 1999 and 2014, losing in 2004 and 2009 to the Congress. 

In his first assembly election in 1985 from Aurangabad (East) constituency, he defeated his nearest rival and Congress nominee Sudakar Sonawane by 14,000 votes. In the 1990 assembly election he again defeated Congress nominee Trambak Shirsat by 11,500 votes. In the 1995 assembly election, Bagade made his hat trick and got elected against Congress nominee Parvatabai Shirsat by 17,700 votes and became the EGS cabinet minister in Manohar Joshi led Sena-BJP alliance government. Despite the BJP-SS losing power in 1999, Bagade again emerged victorious against Congress nominee Keshvarao Autade by 16,700 votes.

While in 2004 assembly election from the same constituency he was suffered a setback and lost the election against Cong's Dr Kalyan Kale by 8,300 votes. In delimitation of constituencies in 2009 assembly election, the same constituency was created as Phulambri and Bagade lost the election again to Dr Kale by a thin margin of 2,500 votes. Now in the recently concluded 2014 assembly election against Cong's sitting MLA Dr Kale again, Bagade was declared elected by a margin of 3,600 votes. Working at the village level, Bagade started a milk co-op society and sugar factory to create employment for villagers, and also worked for water conservation and irrigation issues in the district for the welfare of farmers. Besides this, he was also the Founder Vice President of the Deogiri Nagari Sahakari Co-Op Bank Limited and Vice President of the Deogiri Pratistan's 'Tarun Bharat' marathi daily. He was also a member of the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Medical Foundation's Dr Hedgewar Hospital in Aurangabad.

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