‘Speaker’s post neither religious nor political, but Constitutional: Karnataka Speaker

Minister for Housing BZ Zameer, while campaigning in Telangana, had said that BJP MLAs are compelled to show respect to Muslim Speaker in the state Assembly because Congress gave seats to Muslims.
Karnataka Speaker UT Khader
Karnataka Speaker UT Khader
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Karnataka Speaker UT Khader, on Saturday, November 18, said that the post of Speaker is neither a religious nor political but is a Constitutional post. Talking to media persons over a controversial statement by Minister for Housing BZ Zameer Ahmad Khan, Khader said “The Speaker’s post should not be seen in political or in religious light. It is a Constitutional post which transcends everything. The respect shown to me is a respect for the post and the seat. We should maintain the dignity of the post.”

Minister Zameer, while campaigning in Telangana, had said that BJP MLAs are now compelled to show respect with folded hands to Muslim Speaker in the state Assembly as the Congress party had given tickets to 17 Muslim candidates to contest in the elections. The statement had triggered a row. BJP State President BY Vijayendra slammed Minister Zameer who had warned that he should be careful while giving statements.

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Speaker Khader said that he won’t comment on remarks made by others. “I am not selected for the post on the basis of caste or religion. I have been appointed on eligibility and on the trust that I work as per the Constitution. I give respect and in turn get respect. I am working as the Speaker representing all members. The Speaker’s post should be seen through the lens of caste or religion.”

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