Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala appointed BJP’s Virajpet MLA KG Bopaiah as the Pro tem speaker for tomorrow’s floor test, news channels have reported. Bopaiah is a three-time legislator and was the Speaker from November 17, 2009, to May 31, 2013.
He will oversee proceedings for the floor test on Saturday afternoon. Reacting sharply to the development, the Congress said it will not accept this and will likely move the Supreme Court again.
The Congress said VR Deshpande was the senior most member of the Assembly and should have been appointed the leader. Earlier today, the SC was hearing a petition filed by the Congress-JD(S) combine in Karnataka against the decision of Governor to invite BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form the government. Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi produced the letter by Yeddyurappa to the governor. Rohatgi said there was no need to name the MLAs supporting BJP.
Meanwhile Prakash Javdekar tweeted, justifying the decision of the Governor.
Shri KG Bopaiah was appointed as Pro Tem speaker even in 2008 by the then Governor. That time Bopaiah was 10 years younger than what he is today. The Congress is thus raising hoax objection. The appointment of Bopaiah Ji is as per rules and regulations. @BJP4India @BJP4Karnataka
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) May 18, 2018