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Khot elected Deputy Chairman of Council

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The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh (right), and the Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah (left), congratulating the new Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council, Sachidanand Khot of the Janata Dal (Secular), after Mr. Khot's election in Bangalore o n Thursday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

BANGALORE, MARCH 31. Sachidanand Khot of the Janata Dal (Secular) was today unanimously elected the 21st Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council.

As soon as the House assembled, the Chairman, V.R. Sudarshan, called for the election of the Deputy Chairman to begin. The resolution proposing Mr. Khot's name was moved by the Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, H.K. Patil (Congress), and M.P. Nadagouda (Janata Dal-United). It was seconded by the Leader of the Opposition, D.H. Shankaramurthy (Bharatiya Janata Party), and P. Chidanand (Janata Dal-Secular). It was put to voice vote and the House passed the resolution unanimously, after which the Chairman announced the election of Mr. Khot.

Soon after Mr. Khot accepted his new position and was conducted to his chair by Mr. Patil, Mr. Shankaramurthy and others including the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, congratulated him on achieving the high position so early in his political career, and said his election signified the infusion of young blood in the House of Elders. The Chief Minister said, "I am confident that Mr. Khot, who comes from a family of political leaders who have served in the cooperative sector, will be able to raise the level of debate in the House to scholarly levels."

Onerous responsibility

The Leader of the House and Water Resources Minister, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, said that as a young member, Mr. Khot has the onerous responsibility of conducting the House proceedings along with the Chairman and contributing to insightful discussions on matters of import in the process of lawmaking and policy framing.

In a lighter vein, Mr. Kharge told Mr. Shankaramurthy: "You have got both Chairman and Deputy Chairman of your choice, I hope you will be happy."

Man of a few words

The Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, described Mr. Khot as a "man of few words" which makes him the right man for the job. He amused the members by pointing at Mr. Sudarshan and saying he is "very talkative."

Mr. Siddaramaiah remarked that even now, Mr. Sudarshan, as Chairman, continues to participate in the discussion on various issues, and he ought not to have qualified at all for the chair.

About V.S. Ugrappa (Congress), Mr. Siddaramaiah said: "You will never qualify, you talk far too much," Mr. Ugrappa said he has no such aspirations.

Saying that the post of Deputy Chairman called for a "cool head and a balanced mind," Mr. Siddaramaiah said that despite his youth Mr. Khot has both and will lead the House ably.

Mr. Shankaramurth said that under Mr. Khot's leadership, with the guidance of Mr. Sudarshan, the House is sure to debate with erudition ways and means of delivering good governance.

Dr. Nadagouda remembered that Mr. Khot's father had, on two occasions, failed to make it to the Legislative Council.

Mr. Patil noted that Mr. Khot was once a zilla panchayat member and a well-known leader in the cooperative sector.

For Srikantegowda (Janata Dal-S), it was a bittersweet moment: he is going to miss Mr. Khot, who, till yesterday, sat next to him in the House.

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