Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar -- who took over from former Speaker KB Koliwad and worked out of the office on the first floor of the complex for two weeks -- cleared the space for Siddaramaiah. The 69-year-old former chief minister is the leader of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) and the chairman of the JDS-Congress government coordination committee. He was unanimously elected as the leader of the CLP last month.
The swanky new office has high-end wood furniture, including luxurious sofas, chairs, LED TV and other comforts. Mr Koliwad had renovated his office last year at a cost of Rs 68 lakh and the single-room office was expanded into two, reports said.
The decision to embellish his office was criticised by the BJP which raked up farmer suicides in the state to draw a contrast. But Mr Koliwad cited severe space crunch in his defence and said it was difficult to hold meetings there.
The results on May 15 delivered a hung assembly with the BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats, but short of a majority by eight seats. The Congress, which won 78 seats, struck a post-poll deal and extended its unconditional support to the Janata Dal (Secular) which won 38 seats to form and head the government.