BJP leader Jagadish Shettar rejects Speaker's post

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Bangalore, May 30 (UNI) Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jagadish Shettar today rejected the party's proposal to make him the Speaker of the 13th Assembly.

An irked Shettar, a former leader of the opposition, left the venue of the swearing in ceremony in a huff on realising that his name did not figure in the list ministers to be sworn in. " I am pained to see that there are attempts to impose the speakership on me. I am against such imposition," he remarked.

Later talking to UNI here Mr Shettarm, who had also been a former President of the State BJP, said he was pained to notice that an attempt was being made to sideline his prospects. However, he would continue to function as a party legislator in the Assembly, he added.

Mr Shettar represented Hubli-Dharwad Central constituency for the fourth time. He was considered responsible for winning of several BJP candidates in North Karnataka region.

He had served as the Revenue Minister in the H D Kumaraswamy coalition government.

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