After two decades, senior politician K.R. Ramesh Kumar, again occupied the seat of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on Friday, after BJP candidate S. Suresh Kumar pulled out of the race.
Mr. Kumar, who held the post of Speaker from 1994 to 1999 when the Janata Dal government, headed by H.D. Deve Gowda and J.H. Patel were in power, again occupied the post at a time Mr. Gowda’s son, H.D. Kumaraswamy, has become the Chief Minister of a coalition government.
Before commencement of the House proceedings by pro tem Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, Mr. Suresh Kumar said he was withdrawing his nomination following directions from his party. “I had filed the nomination for the post, following direction from the party. Now, after deliberations in the party, it was decided to elect the Speaker unanimously following the best parliamentary traditions, and I am withdrawing my nomination,” he tweeted.
While former Chief Minister and Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah proposed Mr. Ramesh Kumar’s name, Congress State president and Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara seconded it. After the motion was unanimously adopted by the house, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Opposition Leader B.S. Yeddyurappa escorted Mr. Ramesh Kumar to the chair.
After occupying the coveted chair, Mr. Ramesh Kumar promised the House that he would make every attempt to live up to their expectations, and would not disappoint the faith members reposed in him. He spoke on the importance of House by citing various legislations and history of the illustrious House. He appealed to the members to make use of the platform to raise issues pertaining to the people, who reposed faith in them.
Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said that his father was the Chief Minister when Mr. Ramesh Kumar was Speaker in 1994. “You are again the Speaker at a time when his son, I, have become the Chief Minister. I am honoured,” he said.