Shettar quits as Speaker of State Assembly

Shettar was accompanied by Tourism Minister G Janardhana Reddy, who had spearheaded the revolt demanding Yeddyurappa's removal, when he submitted his resignation to Deputy Speaker K G Bopaiah.

Inducting Shettar, a prominent BJP leader from North Karnataka, into the Ministry was part of the compromise formula thrashed out by the party central leadership to end the two-week-long crisis that had brought the Yeddyurappa government under the cloud of uncertainty.

In May last year, Shettar reluctantly agreed to become the Presiding Officer, a move seen by his supporters as aimed at checking his political growth by Yeddyurappa. Shettar had indicated more than once that Speakership was not his cup of tea.
"Speaker's post is an honourable one. But as an active politician -- I have been a Leader of Opposition, State BJP President and Revenue Minister earlier -- feels a bit trapped," Shettar told reporters.

An active politician feels restrained in the post, he said.

Shettar is slated to be sworn-in as a minister tomorrow.

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