Bangalore: The resignation of Santosh
Hegde as Lokayukta rocked the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday
crippling official business following a stand-off between the
BJP government and Opposition over the form of debate.
As Congress insisted on an adjournament motion it
sought to move, the government opposed it stating its contents
did not fit into the ambit of an adjournment motion.
Speaker K G Bhopaiah`s ruling rejecting the notice for
adjournment motion and allowing a debate under another rule
triggered an uproar leading to an Opposition dharna which
continued throughout the day.
As Opposition members led by Congress leader
Siddaramaiah trooped into the Well demanding the debate under
adjournment motion, the House was adjourned for lunch.
In the post-lunch session, an unlenting opposition
continued the dharna, repeatedly appealing to the Speaker to
reconsider his decision, while rejecting pleas by Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Law Minister Suresh Kumar to
respect the Chair`s ruling.
Parleys held by Bhopaiah in his chamber between the
government and the opposition, including JDS, by adjourning
the House for a brief spell failed to end the stalemate.
The Speaker then adjourned the house for the day.
Earlier, Siddaramaiah in his preliminary submission
charged the government with creating a situation forcing Hegde
Intervening, Yeddyurappa said the government was ready
for a debate for any number of days as the resignation by the
Lokayukta has hurt the image of the BJP and there was a need
for the people to know the truth about the entire episode.
"You (the Opposition) want to debate. Why only under
Rule 60 (Adjournment motion) why not under rule 69 (issues of
public importance)," Suresh Kumar asked.
Siddaramaiah later alleged that the Speaker`s decision
had been influenced by the government.
Suresh Kumar and Minister for Water Resources
Basavaraj Bommai hit out at the opposition saying "they have
run out of material to substantiate their arguements after the
Accusing the government of indifferrence to Lokayukta
institution, Hegde resigned on June 23, causing an
embarrassment to the BJP government. Hegde has refused to
withdraw his resignation.