The appointment was necessitated as Basavaraj Horatti resigned as Chairman on Monday, and also, the post of Deputy Chairman is lying vacant. "In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 184 of the Constitution of India, I, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Governor of Karnataka, do at this moment appoint Raghunath Rao Malkapure, Member of the Legislative Council, to perform the duties of the Office of the Chairman of the Legislative Council with effect from 17.05.2022 until the House duly elects a Chairman," the official notification said.
Malkapure, who hails from the Bidar district, is a two-time MLC. He had also served in various party positions. "This is for the first time such an appointment has happened, as both Chairman and Deputy Chairman were vacant," Horatti said. Horatti, who resigned as Chairman and MLC on Monday, will be joining BJP soon and is expected to be the party's candidate for the upcoming MLC polls from West Teachers’ constituency.