The Karnataka Assembly could not transact any business on Monday as the Opposition staged a dharna, demanding that the CBI probe the alleged involvement of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in land scams, besides charges of corruption and nepotism against the government. They also sought his resignation.
As the House met for the day, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah demanded that Speaker K.G. Bopaiah allow an adjournment motion for a debate on the corruption charges.
The Opposition did not allow question hour and insisted on an adjournment motion straight away.
The House, which was adjourned before lunch-break, was later adjourned for the day, with the Opposition continuing the dharna.
The Congress and JD(S) members claimed that the State exchequer had lost thousands of crores of rupees since Mr. Yeddyurappa assumed office.
The Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues were involved in land scams. He also showed favouritism to his relatives and family members in land allotment and denotifications, the Opposition alleged.
Mr. Yeddyurappa and Law Minister S. Suresh Kumar said government was ready for a discussion on the issues raised by the Opposition, during the debate on motion of thanks to the Governor for his address. But this offer was flatly rejected by Mr. Siddaramaiah.
“The wealth of the State is being looted by this government. People will not pardon the Opposition parties, if they fail to discuss these issues on the floor of the House,” he said.
“You can't dictate to us,” Mr. Yeddyurappa retorted.