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House adjourned four days ahead of schedule

Opposition leaders staging a dharna in front of the Vidhana Soudha after boycotting the Legislative Assembly on Thursday. — PHOTO: V Sreenivasa Murthy
Opposition leaders staging a dharna in front of the Vidhana Soudha after boycotting the Legislative Assembly on Thursday. — PHOTO: V Sreenivasa Murthy

The first session of the Legislative Assembly in the new calendar year was adjourned sine die abruptly on Thursday because of the Opposition's stubborn stance that the B.S. Yeddyurappa Government should quit in the light of the alleged scams brought to the fore by rival political parties.

Speaker K.G. Bopaiah adjourned the House four days ahead of the scheduled end of the session. In the six days of the 10-day session, the Opposition remained outside the Assembly precincts for the most part and even chose to raise slogans on the opening day when Governor H.R. Bhardwaj addressed the joint session of the two Houses.

The Opposition parties — the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) — apparently enraged by the Speaker refusing approval for the admission of an adjournment motion to discuss the land scams four days ago and by the reports tabled on Thursday on the unruly scenes in the Assembly on two occasions and recommending the suspension of 15 members, staged a dharna in front of the Vidhana Soudha.

The D. Hemachandra Sagar Committee and the Appachu Ranjan Committee constituted by the Speaker went into the pandemonium in the House during the election of the Speaker in December 2009 and also during the first trust vote on October 11. While the first committee has recommended the need for orderly behaviour by members, the second committee has recommended the suspension of membership of eight legislators for six months and seven others for one year.

In the Legislative Council, a notice submitted on December 29 for the removal of Deputy Chairman B. Puttanna who belongs to the JD(S) came up on Thursday for grant of leave for being listed on the agenda. Twenty-eight members (though the requirement is only 10) voted for grant of leave while the Opposition stayed out.

With leave being granted, it is now for Chairman D.H. Shankaramurthy to list the notice on the agenda within five days. In all likelihood, Vimala Gowda will be elected Deputy Chairman of the Upper House.


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