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Karna assembly adjourned sine die amid Oppn dharna

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 20:18

Bangalore: The Karnataka Legislative
Assembly was on Wednesday adjourned sine die, a day ahead of
schedule, as Opposition members continued their dharna
demanding a CBI probe and Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa`s
resignation over donations received by an educational trust
run by his family.

Irked by the persistent demand by Congress and JDS
whose dharna entered second day, Yeddyurappa stuck to his guns
declaring that the "baseless allegations" made against him did
not warrant any probe and he would order none.
An equally adamant Opposition, led by Congress leader
Siddaramaiah refused to withdraw the dharna till their demand
was met and shouted slogans against the government with the
House adjourned twice.

When the House reassembled, the Opposition refused to
relent even as a dozen bills were passed amid slogan shouting.
Speaker K G Bopaiah then adjourned the House sine-die.

When the House began proceedings, Siddaramaiah, who
trooped in along with his MLAs, and JDS members alleged that
Yeddyurappa had reneged on his statement made two days ago
that he was ready for any probe.

The Opposition demanded that the issue of donations
received by Preranana Education Trust (managed by
Yeddyurappa`s two sons, B Y Raghavendra and B Y Vijayendra)
from Jindal Steel company and others be referred to CBI and
also wanted the chief minister to quit forthwith.
"We do not have faith in CBI. All know what happened
to the Aarushi Talwar murder case which the CBI investigated.
CBI is being politicised by Congress," Law Minister S Suresh
Kumar said, rejecting the Opposition demand.

Yeddyurappa said he has not extended any favours to
Jindal company in lieu of donations and asked the opposition
to bring documentary evidence, it had any.

"Jindal Steels has made huge investments, but so far
have not received any mining lease. My government is now going
to grant them one," Yeddyurappa said.

Accusing the Opposition of destabilising the
government since a long time, Yeddyurappa said the opposition
is continuing dharna for the sake of publicity.

"I don`t need to learn any lessons or hear any sermon
from those who looted the coffers of this state. Under no
circumstance will I order any inquiry," he said.

Siddaramaiah slammed the government for the rigid
stand over the issue and said the opposition has produced
proof that donations were received after showing favours to
Jindal company and also Adarsh Developers.

"It is illegal gratification. If there is no substance
in our allegations, why are you afraid of a CBI probe? This
government is immersed in corruption and Karnataka ranked
number one in corruption under Yeddyurappa rule," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 20:18
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