The two independent parties and 78 legislators bolstered up a new way for the Congress to obtain 22 of the 34 ministries in Karnataka leaving the rest for the JD(S). This would include the chief minister’s post, for which Kumaraswamy took oath on Wednesday.
On Friday the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government would look forward to pan out it majority on the floor of the Karnataka assembly. The race for the speaker’s chair has been an usher with the BJP’s MLA, S Suresh Kumar and the Congress MLA KR Ramesh Kumar accede their nominations.
“The post of speaker is above politics as the person so selected has to rise above party politics while holding the chair. In this light, considering Kumar’s previous experience in the post and his seniority, I appeal to the opposition to not contest the post.”
Both the parties the Congress and the JD(S) have agreed to accept Ramesh Kumar the former member of the Janata Dal. He has also been a speaker of the assembly from 1994-1999. Prior to joining Janata Dal, he has won an election in 1978 as a Congress Member. However, he later joined the Congress and had ever since remained their member.
The Congress general secretary KC Venugopal gave the low down of the choice of Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday, as a part of the merger agreement between the duo.
“The party has asked me to contest and I am bowing to its directions,”- said Suresh Kumar. He added that with acquiring 104 seats out of 221 the party did not possess the potential to push its candidature through its own efforts.
The Congress will get 22 of the 34 ministries with the assistance of 78 legislators and two independents.