BJP ignores Opposition protest in K’taka, pushes through business

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 15:42

Bangalore: Ignoring dharna by the Opposition
for the second day on Tuesday, ruling BJP had its way in ensuring
conduct of official business in the Assembly and "unanimous"
election of its nominee N Yogish Bhat as Deputy Speaker.

Shouting slogans, demanding debate on alleged land scams
and corruption under adjournment motion, Congress and JDS
members refused to call off their protest, insisting that the
government yield to their plea.

Brushing aside their noisy protest with Opposition
members raising slogans like "BJP has looted thousands of
crores of rupees", government pleaded with Speaker KG Bopaiah
to conduct the official business, which he obliged.

Amid the din, the House went through motion of laying of
written answers, laying of papers on the table of the House
and reports of various legislature committees.

The House also saw election of Bhat as Deputy Speaker
with the motion proposing his name for the post being carried
by voice vote. The Speaker rejected Opposition pleas to
postpone it till the courts give verdicts on disqualification
of 11 BJP rebel MLAs and five independents, who had withdrawn
support to the government.

The Opposition launched a dharna yesterday stalling
proceedings for the entire day demanding a discussion under
adjournment motion on corruption charges against government
and also resignation of Chief Minister Yeddyurappa.

Congress leader Siddaramaiah said holding of Deputy
Speaker`s election at this stage, would amount to curbing the
rights of disqualified MLAs but it was rejected by government.

Siddaramaiah accused the BJP of giving a go by to the
tradition of accepting opposition nominee to the Deputy
Speaker`s post. Law Minister S Suresh Kumar, however, said
since 1985 to 2004, no ruling party had followed the
tradition.

Bopaiah said since the process for the election has
already been initiated, it cannot be postponed and went ahead
with it.

After the election, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and
Siddaramaiah felicitated Bhat, four time MLA from Mangalore
South constituency.

While the dharna continued, Yeddyurappa, who holds the
Finance portfolio, also moved the supplementary estimates
(second installment) through which the government sought nod
for spending Rs 506 crore.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 15:42

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