Election imminent for Speaker post in Karnataka Assembly tomorrow

The Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka will be put to severe test even before Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy takes up the confident vote with BJP putting up a candidate against former Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar of the Congress.

Mr Ramesh Kumar filed his nomination and opposing him former BJP Minister Suresh Kumar also filed his papers.

Assembly has been convened to meet at 1215 hrs tomorrow by the protem speaker K G Boppaiah. First the election of the speaker would be conducted following which the newly elected presiding officer would be conducting the proceedings of the house.

While KPCC President G Parameshwara and former chief minister Siddaramaiah proposed the name of Ramesh Kumar, BJP leaders Sunil Kumar and Ashwathnarayana proposed the name of Mr Suresh Kumar.

Emerging from Assembly secretary’s chambers Mr Siddaramaiah told reporters the Congress-JD(S) combine had required numbers to ensure election of Mr Ramesh Kumar who had earlier been the Speaker and conducted the house very well for five years. He had knowledge of law and he was confident that he would do a good job this time too.

The Congress leader said Mr Suresh Kumar had also filed his nomination but the BJP do not have required numbers to ensure a win in case of an election. ‘I anticipate Mr Suresh Kumar would withdraw his nomination before the election,’ he said.

Chief Minsiter H D Kumaraswamy, speaking to reporters separately, wondered the motive behind the BJP move to field its candidate though the party did not have sufficient numbers to ensure victory of its candidate. ‘BJP already had lost once even without seeking confidence vote and Mr B S Yeddyurappa had quit as chief minister within two days. Does it want to suffer a second debacle within a week’s time,’ he asked.

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