Congress objects appointment of Bopaiah as Pro Tem Speaker


New Delhi, may 18: The Congress has objected to the appointment of BJP MLA KG Bopaiah as pro-tem speaker in Karnataka Assembly.

Addressing a press conference, Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said “What the BJP has done is against the rulebook. The pro tem speaker, by convention, is the most senior MLA. We are asking for a convention to be followed”.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala stated: “The Governor Vajubhai Vala has once again launched an encounter on the Constitution by appointing KG Bopaiah as pro tem Speaker instead of the senior most MLA”.

On being asked that if Congress will challenge BJP MLA KG Bopaiah’s appointment as pro tem Speaker, he said we will be able to inform you in a short while. Yes, the option of going back to the Court is open.

Ahead of floor test, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala appointed BJP MLA KG Bopaiah as pro-tem speaker.

Bopaiah, 62, is a three-time MLA from Virajpet seat in Kodagu region, 260 km from Bengaluru. He was Speaker during the Bharatiya Janata Party rule in the state from 2008-13.

In the recently held Assembly election in 222 constituencies, the BJP bagged 104 seats, the Congress 78 and the JD-S 37, with the latter two forming a post-poll alliance.

As JD-S state President H.D. Kumaraswamy won from both Channapatna and Ramanagara, the party effectively has 37 votes, including one vote from its Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ally.


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