Janata Dal (Secular) leader Puttanna, who is representing the Bangalore Teachers constituency for the third consecutive time, was unanimously elected Deputy Chairperson of the Legislative Council on Tuesday.
While JD(S) members Basavaraj Horatti, Marithibbe Gowda and E. Krishnappa proposed Mr. Puttanna’s candidature, it was seconded by members Sandesh Nagaraj, D.U. Mallikarjun and R. Chowda Reddy. Following this, Council Chairman D.H. Shankaramurthy declared Mr. Puttanna elected.
Mr. Puttanna, a resident of Channapatna taluk, is a postgraduate in history. He was a member of the Senate, Syndicate and Academic Council of Bangalore University, director of the Karnataka Vokkaligara Sangha, and Senate member of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.
In 2011, Mr. Puttanna, who was the Deputy Chairperson, was removed from the post and replaced by Vimala Gowda. Now, Ms. Gowda was forced to resign to make way for Mr. Puttanna.
Mr. Shankaramurthy, Leader of the House S.R. Patil, Leader of the Opposition K.S. Eshwarappa and Mr. Horatti congratulated the newly elected Deputy Chairperson.
Mr. Puttanna thanked his party leaders and members of the Council for having chosen him to the post.