Karnataka: Oppn continues dharna; Govt moves ahead with business

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 21:25

Bangalore: Targeting the BJP government on
corruption, the opposition in Karnataka Assembly continued
their dharna for the second day on Tuesday, but the ruling party
managed to push through some business including election of N
Yogish Bhat as Deputy Speaker.

Amid protests, the Speaker K G Bopaiah went ahead with
the motion of electing BJP nominee as his deputy, ignoring
objections from the Opposition and declared "unanimous"
election of Bhat by voice-vote.
The Congress and JD(S) members objected to transaction of
business when they are in dharna that was launched yesterday,
demanding discussion on corruption charges under adjournment
motion and Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa`s resignation.

Unfazed by the protest, the government presented reports
of various departments and committees, and tabled the second
installment of supplementary estimates.

"In Lok Sabha no business was taken up when BJP staged
dharna over 2G Spectrum row. This is improper. You cannot do
this", Congress leader Siddaramaiah said.

Earlier in the day, the government placed on the floor
the written answers and Yeddyurappa, the second instalment of
the Supplementary Estimates seeking approval for Rs 5,060.41
crore additional expenditure incurred by the government.
Even as opposition members shouted slogans against the
BJP government with Siddaramaiah saying "this is a tainted
government. Yeddyurappa government should resign", BJP member
Siddu Savadi moved a motion to thank the Governor for his
address to the joint sitting.

"We will not relent on our demand. Either the government
accept our demand or resign", Siddaramaiah said.

The Deputy Speaker Bhat later adjourned the House to
tomorrow.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 21:25

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