Bangalore: High voltage drama unfolded in the Karnataka Assembly on Monday as ruling BJP, facing revolt by a section of party MLAs, sought a vote of confidence.
Minutes before the House was scheduled to meet, five independents, disqualified from Assembly membership, were blocked at the gate of the Assembly Hall by the watch and ward
But the five -- P M Narendraswamy, Shivaraj Thangadagi, Gulihatti Shekhar, Venkataramanappa and D Sudhakar – forced open the gate with the help of some others and entered the House.
Before the proceedings commenced, Shekhar removed the buttons of his shirt, climbed onto the desk and shouted anti-government slogans. Earlier, Narendraswamy also made a
verbal attack against the government.
The ruling party members remained quiet and appeared unfazed. The watch and ward staff tried to evict the five independents from the House but JD-S members came to their
help and thwarted their attempts.
Leader of Opposition, Siddramaiah, accused city Police Commissioner Shanka Bidari of not allowing him to enter the Assembly by "locking the gate". Police personnel, led by Bidari, entered the House, much to the ire of the opposition members, who vehemently protested against their presence, as a surcharged atmosphere prevailed.
The opposition members trooped into the well of the House and milled around Speaker K G Bopaiah, as he took up the confidence motion, which was passed by voice-vote amid