BJP leader Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, a six-term Karnataka legislator and former state education minister, was today elected as Speaker of the state assembly, replacing outgoing speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, who resigned soon after the newly-installed government of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa won a trust vote on Monday.
Yediyurappa’s government replaced the 14-month-long-ruling coalition of the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), which collapsed last week. The coalition failed after 15 of its MLAs and two Independent MLAs withdrew their support in the Assembly.
Vishweshwar Hedge Kageri, 58, who represents the Sirsi constituency in Uttara Karnataka, was accompanied by the Chief Minister and other senior party leaders when he filed his nomination papers on Tuesday.
Mr Kageri is a three-term lawmaker from the Sirsi assembly segment that he first won in 2008 and went on to defend in 2013 and 2018, winning the last election by a margin of nearly 18,000 votes. Prior to this, he also won three straight elections, between 1994 and 2008, contesting from the Ankola seat before it was delimited.