Ramesh Kumar was unanimously elected Speaker as the BJP withdrew its candidate.
Senior leader and six time MLA K R Ramesh Kumar of the Congress was today unanimously elected as karnataka assembly speaker. He had held the speaker’s post earlier.
A contest was avoided as S Suresh Kumar of the BJP withdrew his candidature. Opposition leader B S Yeddyurappa said the BJP withdrew its candidate in keeping with tradition and because the Speaker’s post is apolitical.
As soon as Ramesh Kumar took the chair, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Yeddyurappa, Deputy CM G Parameswara and former CM Siddaramaiah among others paid rich tribute to the new speaker.
After tributes are paid, Kumaraswamy will move a confidence.
Earlier, the JD(S) was put in a bit of an embarrassment as Parameswara openly said that the issue of supporting Kumaraswamy for the full term is not an assured commitment. He hinted that at one point of time the Congress is likely to stake claim to the CM post.