Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) MLA, S.Madhusudanachari, was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the 119-member Telangana Assembly on Tuesday. Madhusudanachari was unanimously elected to the post as all parties in the House supported his candidature. Protem Speaker, K Jana Reddy, handed over charge to Madhusudanachari after his election was formally announced in the House .
A student of Kakatiya University, 58-year-old Madhusudanachari is a post-graduate in English literature. He joined active politics in 1982 and was TDP MLA from Bhoopalapalli between 1994 and 1999. He is one of the founder members of the TRS when it was launched in 2001. Contesting on the TRS ticket, he lost to Gandra Venkataramana Reddy of the Congress in 2009. However, he trounced Reddy in the just concluded Assembly polls.
“It is a great honour to be the presiding officer of the first Assembly of Telangana. I will discharge my duties with a sense of balance,” Madhusudanachari expressed. When he filed his nomination at Assembly secretary Raja Sadaram’s chamber, Madhusudanachari was accompanied by the CM and the leaders of the opposition parties including J Geeta Reddy (Congress), Dayakar Rao (TDP), P Venkateswaraulu (YSRCP), Sunnam Rajaih (CPM), and Devarkonda Ravindra (CPI).