Political News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, July 31:-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri has been elected as the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Speaker. He was elected as Speaker unopposed.
Yediyurappa’s government replaced the 14-month-long ruling coalition of the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), which collapsed last week. The coalition failed after 15 of its MLAs and two independent MLAs withdrew their support in the Assembly.
On Tuesday, Kageri was the only one to file nomination for the post of Speaker.
Kageri, 58, made his political debut as an MLA from the Ankola constituency in 1994. He won three elections from the constituency. Subsequently, after delimitation of constituencies in 2008, Kageri won from Sirsi constituency thrice.
Former Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar had resigned from his post soon after BS Yediyurappa government won floor test in the house.
“I have decided to relieve myself from this office…I have decided to resign,” Ramesh Kumar had said before handing over his resignation letter to the Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy.
This was Ramesh Kumar’s second stint as the Karnataka Assembly Speaker. He was earlier the Speaker of the house during 1994-99. He has been a key figure in Karnataka politics since 1978, when he made his electoral debut as a Congress candidate. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)