Bengaluru, May 25:- Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress alliance nominee K R Ramesh Kumar was elected as the Speaker of Karnataka Assembly in Bengaluru on Friday.
Ramesh Kumar, a six-time MLA who had served as the Speaker during H D Deve Gowda and J H Patel governments in the state (1994-99) was elected unanimously after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA and leader S Suresh Kumar withdrew his nomination.
The BJP had put forward senior party leader Suresh Kumar as its candidate for the post of the Assembly Speaker, but Suresh Kumar withdraw his nomination papers.
Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy congratulated Ramesh Kumar on being elected as the Speaker unanimously.
Delivering his first speech in the newly elected Assembly, Kumaraswmay said Ramesh Kumar is very familiar with the procedures of the House. I am honoured today because Ramesh Kumar had served as the Speaker when HD Deve Gowda was the chief minister of Karnataka.
BJP state president and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said though Suresh Kumar had filed nomination papers for the Speaker’s post, the party felt that they should honour the post by avoiding an election and making it a unanimous choice.
Yeddyurappa said that Speaker Ramesh Kumar was a simple, humble and unbiased person.
Meanwhile, the newly elected leaders of the House were addressing the legislators at the time of going to press. The floor test will be held later. –(KK)