Kombarana Ganapathy Bopaiah (born 17 October 1955) is an Indian politician who was also the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He is a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has been appointed as pro tem speaker of the Legislative Assembly by the Governor of the Karnataka.

K. G. Bopaiah
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Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly
In office
17 November 2009 – 17 May 2013
GovernorHansraj Bhardwaj
Preceded byJagadish Shettar
Succeeded byKagodu Thimmappa
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
May 2008
Preceded byH. D. Basavaraju
ConstituencyVirajpet
Personal details
Born
Kombarana Ganapathy Bopaiah

(1955-10-17) 17 October 1955 (age 64)
Madikeri, Mysore State, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata party
Spouse(s)Kunthi
Children2
EducationB.Sc & LLB at BMS Law College

Early lifeEdit

K. G. Bopaiah was born in a Kodagu Gowda (Arebashe Gowda) family on 17 October 1955 at Kalur, a small village near Madikeri in Kodagu district. He is the second son of Kombarana Ganapathy and Chinnamma. He completed his primary education in the Kalur Government Primary School and went to Chettalli in Somwarpet taluk for high school. He obtained his B.Sc. degree from the then Government Senior College (now, Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa College) at Somwarpet in 1974. After completing his B.Sc., he joined the BMS College in Bangalore to study law. After completing his graduation in law as a gold medallist, he returned to Madikeri in 1980 and started practising law.

Political careerEdit

He was closely associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Sangh Parivar since his childhood. Also, he was an active member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad during his college days. He participated in the movement against the Kambadakada dam project in Kodagu proposed by the government in the 1970s. He was arrested during the Emergency in Bangalore and imprisoned along with thousands of other opposition activists.

He was appointed as General Secretary of the Kodagu district unit of the BJP and elevated as its president in the 1990s. In 2004, he was elected as a MLA from Madikeri constituency as a BJP candidate.[1] In 2008, he was re-elected again as a BJP candidate from Virajpet constituency after the de-limitation exercise reduced the number of seats in Kodagu district from three to two.[2]

He served as pro tem Speaker after the BJP victory and administered oath of office to all the members of the Legislative Assembly.[3] Later, he was unanimously elected as the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.[4] On 30 December 2009, he was elected as the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly[5] following the resignation of the previous speaker, Jagadish Shettar. The election of the Speaker, however, was held under chaotic circumstances as the Opposition parties wanted the elections to be postponed due to the death of the Kannada actor Vishnuvardhan. However, the government went ahead with the election process and K.G. Bopaiah was elected as Speaker, defeating the Opposition candidate, T.B. Jayachandra of the Indian National Congress. He was the first person from Kodagu district to become Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.

He is currently a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He was chosen as the pro-term speaker by the Governor of Karnataka for the floor test held on 19 May 2018.[6]

ControversiesEdit

In October 2011, 11 disgruntled MLAs of the ruling BJP along with some independent MLAs revolted against the leadership of B.S. Yeddyurappa and submitted a letter to the Governor withdrawing their support to the BJP Government. In a controversial move, Speaker Bopaiah disqualified the rebel MLAs and thus played a major role in the survival of the BJP Government in Karnataka. Although his decision was upheld by the Karnataka High Court,[7] it was overturned by the Supreme Court of India.[8] The Supreme Court criticised the Speaker for the haste with which he had acted during the trust vote.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Madikeri MLA inspects rain hit villages". The Hindu. 11 August 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Three way clash in Virajpet". The hindu. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Bopaiah is pro tem Speaker". Deccan Herald. 3 June 2008. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  4. ^ "K.G.Bopaiah elected Deputy speaker". The Hindu. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  5. ^ "K.G.Bopaiah elected Karnataka Speaker". Rediffnews. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Pro tem Speaker KG Bopaiah: The man in the hot seat". The Times of India. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Karnataka high court uphold disqualification". DNA. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Disqualification quashed". ibn network. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  9. ^ "SC raps speaker for partisan step". The times of India. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2012.