Bangalore: Amid chaos and pandemonium, and with several members of the Opposition threatening the presiding officer, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly K.G. Bopaiah was elected the Speaker.
The election for the post of the Speaker was scheduled by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj based on the recommendation of the Cabinet. While the entire Opposition demanded that the election be put off by a day following the death of film actor Vishnuvardhan, the presiding officer and the ruling party remained vehement that the Speaker’s election should be gone through, resulting in the pandemonium. For the first time in the history of the State legislature, a section of the Opposition members pulled down the microphone on the Speaker’s table, shattered the glass top on the table of the Secretary of the Legislative Assembly to express their resentment over the ruling of the presiding officer. A few members of the Janata Dal (Secular) gesticulated and threatened the presiding officer even as he proceeded to conduct the election.
Thus, the election for the post of the Speaker, did not take place and Mr. Bopaiah was elected unanimously although the Opposition combine of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) had fielded Deputy Leader of the Opposition T.B. Jayachandra.
With the election process being gone through in a jiffy, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who moved the motion, guided the newly elected Speaker to his chair and soon thereafter the Assembly was adjourned sine die, one day ahead of the scheduled end of the current session. Members of the Opposition, led by Siddaramaiah and H.D. Revanna, and the former Law Minister M.C. Nanaiah, who is a member of the Legislative Council, called on the Governor and submitted a petition demanding that the election be declared null and void.