Shettar resigns as Karna Speaker; to become minister

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 00:11

Bangalore: Karnataka Assembly Speaker
Jagadish Shettar on Monday quit the post, paving way for his
induction into the Ministry tomorrow as part of a compromise
formula evolved to end the recent dissidence against Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

Shettar was accompanied by Tourism Minister G Janardhana
Reddy, who had spearheaded the revolt demanding Yeddyurappa`s
removal, when he submitted his resignation to Deputy Speaker K
G Bopaiah.

Inducting Shettar, a prominent BJP leader from North
Karnataka, into the Ministry was part of the compromise
formula thrashed out by the party central leadership to end
the two-week-long crisis that had brought the Yeddyurappa
government under the cloud of uncertainty.

In May last year, Shettar reluctantly agreed to become
the Presiding Officer, a move seen by his supporters as aimed
at checking his political growth by Yeddyurappa. Shettar had
indicated more than once that Speakership was not his cup of
tea.

"Speaker`s post is an honourable one. But as an active
politician -- I have been a Leader of Opposition, State BJP
President and Revenue Minister earlier -- feels a bit
trapped," Shettar told reporters.

An active politician feels restrained in the post, he
said.

Shettar is slated to be sworn-in as a minister tomorrow.
Shettar is expected to be given a "weighty" portfolio,
party sources said.

Shobha Karandlaje, who was the lone woman minister and
confidante of Yeddyurappa, had quit as Rural Development and
Panchayatraj Minister on November nine, as per the demand of
the rebels. Yeddyurappa had also shifted some officials
including his Principal Secretary V P Baligar to placate the
dissidents.

BJP has ample time to decide upon its candidate for the
Speaker`s post as the next session of the Assembly is slated
to meet only from December 14.

There is a view in the party to elevate Bopaiah but no
final decision has been taken, the sources said.

The names of Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Urban
Development S Suresh Kumar and PWD Minister C M Udasi have
been doing the rounds for the Speaker`s post after it was
known that Shettar would quit.

But the sources said the party is not keen to let Suresh
Kumar to take the post as he is considered an effective
spokesperson to defend the government. Udasi is not considered
suitable for the job, they said.

Shettar said his tenure as Speaker has given him
"complete satisfaction", adding, he tried to bring in several
"reforms", including training session for legislators by
former President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 00:11

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