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First Muslim Speaker? UT Khader’s Nomination Sets the Stage for a Landmark Moment

UTK 1MLA UT Khader files his nomination for the post of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday

Bengaluru: UT Khader, a former Health Minister and five-time MLA, has officially submitted his nomination for the position of Speaker in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. If elected, he would be the first Muslim to hold this prestigious role, overseeing the proceedings of the Sixteenth Legislative Assembly.

Interestingly, senior Congress legislators RV Deshpande and HK Patil opted not to pursue the position, opening the door for Khader to step forward. Having served as an MLA for five terms, Khader made his debut in 2007 by winning the bypoll in the Ullal constituency (now known as Mangaluru constituency) following the passing of his father, UT Fareed. Remarkably, his father had also represented the same constituency as an MLA for four terms.

Throughout his political career, Khader has held various positions of responsibility. He was appointed as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the previous government. In 2013, he assumed the role of Health Minister and later transitioned to the portfolio of Food and Civil Supplies. In 2018, during the Congress-JDS coalition government, he served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Development. 

During his nomination filing, Khader was joined by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, Minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan, MLA Ajay Dharam Singh, and others.



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