Opposition continues to boycott Assembly session in Karnataka

The opposition on Monday continued their boycott of Legislative Assembly proceedings.

Bangalore: The opposition on Monday continued their boycott of Legislative Assembly proceedings, demanding resignation of Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and Speaker KG Bopaiah in view of "strictures" passed against them by Supreme
Court while quashing the disqualification of 16 MLAs.

JD(S) had announced that it would boycott the entire session,
supposed to last ten days but now appears that it would be cut
short, while the Congress is staying away from the proceedings
from Friday last. The session began on June 2.

The government`s stand is that the apex had not passed any
strictures, but only made certain observations on the
disqualification order passed by Bopaiah.

As the House met today, Bopaiah said in a democracy,
participation of opposition is needed in debates and while
passing of bills, and again appealed to them to take part.

Yeddyurappa said ever since he became Chief Minister, the
opposition had been resorting to such steps for one reason or
the other, adding, despite the opposition`s "disparaging"
remarks against the Speaker,Government is ready to cooperate
with them.

Three independent MLAs--P M Narendra Swamy, Venkataramanappa
and Shivaraj S Thangadagi --argued that it`s not a "good
tradition" to have proceedings, particularly passage of bills,
in the absence of opposition, and staged a walkout.

The Speaker said he tried to contact Opposition leaders but
it did not bear fruit.


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