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Restoring order:Marshals evict activists who raised slogans from the gallery of the Legislative Assembly in Bangalore on Thursday.
Restoring order:Marshals evict activists who raised slogans from the gallery of the Legislative Assembly in Bangalore on Thursday.

Dissatisfied over the Karnataka Lokayukta not being given suo motu powers, a group of activists from the Karnataka Jagruthi Janandolana raised slogans against the Bharatiya Janata Party government from the visitors’ gallery of the Legislative Assembly on Thursday.

Jayakumar Hiremath and other activists threw pieces of black cloth towards members when the House was debating various proposals made in the State Budget for 2013-14.

The incident occurred soon after Y. Bhaskar Rao was sworn in Lokayukta, a post which had been lying vacant since September 2011. Mr. Rao, who served as the former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, was administered the oath of office by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj at the Raj Bhavan.

The watch and ward staff of the Assembly overpowered the activists and whisked them away. The activists, who were found witnessing proceedings of the House for some time, started shouting slogans against the government and demanded more powers to the Lokayukta to curb corruption.

On August 15, 2012, Mr. Hiremath had flung pamphlets at Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar at the Independence Day celebrations at the Manekshaw Parade Grounds, demanding appointment of the Lokayukta. He had also filed a complaint with the Lokayukta against Home Minister R. Ashok with regard to illegal denotification of lands in Bangalore.

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