Veeranna Mathi Katti of Congress was on Tuesday unanimously elected Chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Council.
The election of Matti Katti was facilitated after the ruling BJP nominee Susheel Namoshi declared in the House that he was withdrawing his nomination.
Thirteen-member JD(S) had also supported the 29-member Congress in the election held on Tuesday.
Pro-tem Chairman N Thippanna announced the election of Mathi Katti.
The 60-year-old Mathi Katti was MLA during 1978-83.
Opposition Congress leader in the state assembly, N Mallikarjuna Kharge congratulated Mathi Katti on his election.
In the 75 member house, Congress is in majority with 29. BJP has 23, JD(S) 13, JD(U) 2, Independents 2, Chairman one. There are five vacancies.