`Its opposition to prevention of disqualification Bill exposed its double standard'
Bill not introduced in a hurry: Prakash Eight Janata Dal (S) MLAs given seven days to reply to show-cause notice Age limit for recruitment to government departments likely to be increased
GULBARGA: The former Deputy Chief Minister and president of the State unit of Janata Dal (Secular) M.P. Prakash on Friday accused the Congress of not conducting itself as a responsible Opposition party.
Mr. Prakash told presspersons here that the Congress was opposing every action of the State Government just for the sake of opposition.
Mr. Prakash was here to campaign for S.M. Sangameshwar who is the Janata Dal (S) candidate for the election to the Legislative Council from North-east Teachers' Constituency.
He said the opposition of the Congress to the prevention of disqualification (amendment) Bill passed by the legislature exposed its double standard on the issue. The Congress, which was heading the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre, had piloted a similar Bill and got it passed in Parliament.
However, it was opposing the Bill in the State.
He said the Bill was not moved in a hurry as alleged by the Congress. It was introduced after studying all aspects related to it.
On the show-cause notice issued to eight Janata Dal (S) legislators, including former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, H.C. Mahadevappa, and B.R. Patil, he said the Speaker had given them seven days to reply to it. The notice was issued on a complaint by Janata Dal (S) Parliamentary Board chairman D. Manjunath that they indulged in anti-party activities during the elections to zilla and taluk panchayats. These MLAs had sought three months' time to reply to the notice, and it was for the Speaker to take a decision on their plea, Mr. Prakash said.
Appealing to voters of the North-east Graduates' Constituency to support Mr. Sangameshwar in the June 17 election, Mr. Prakash said they should take into consideration many actions taken by the Janata Dal (S)-BJP Government for the welfare of teachers and students.
Though the Fifth Pay Commission was yet to submit its report, the Government had decided to pay an interim relief of 10 per cent of the salary of government employees.
Apart from this, the salary of teachers had been increased by Rs. 200.
Mr. Prakash said the Government had decided to increase the age limit for recruitment of teachers in government schools. It was considering a proposal to extend the same for recruitment in other departments, he added.