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Bopaiah’s Appointment As Pro Tem Speaker Violates Every Settled Constitutional Tradition: Congress

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| May 19 , 2018 , 11:35 IST

The Congress party on Friday protested against the appointment of KG Bopaiah as the Pro Tem speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly ahead of the crucial trust vote. BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa will have to prove majority on the floor of the house at 4pm on Saturday as directed by the Supreme Court.

A Pro Tem speaker carries out the responsibilities of the speaker till a permanent speaker is chosen to run the house. The main duty of the pro-tem speaker is to administer the oath of office to new members of the house.

As per convention, the senior most member (in the number of terms in the house) is chosen as the Pro Tem speaker. This, however, is not a rule but a tradition. Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath was chosen the Pro Tem speaker after the Narendra Modi Government came to power in 2014.

KG Bopaiah was the speaker of Karnataka Assembly in 2010 and is famous for suspending 11 opposition MLAs during the trust vote of Yedyyurappa making him save the government. He had received flak from the Supreme Court of India for his bias.

The Congress Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) have approached the Supreme Court against the appointment of Bopaiah. In a series of tweets, Congress party’s communications head Randeep Surjewala shared the Supreme Court’s observations on Bopaiah’s conduct during 2011.

The application alleged that the appointment of Bopaiah was BJP’s attempt to “seize and manipulate” the floor test ordered by the Supreme Court.