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Suggestion to elect Council Chairman should have been followed: Congress

BANGALORE: The Congress on Thursday alleged that the Government had insulted Governor T.N. Chaturvedi by dishonouring his suggestion to conduct an election to pick the Chairman of the Legislative Council.

In his message on Tuesday, the Governor urged members of the Council to elect a Chairman at the earliest to fulfil the constitutional provision. On his part, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said it was for the Legislative Council secretariat to initiate the election process and the Government would abide by the Governor's suggestion.

Addressing presspersons at the Congress Bhavan here, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly N. Dharam Singh alleged that the ruling parities the Janata Dal (S) and the Bharatiya Janata Party had shown disrespect to the Governor by adjourning the Council till March 16. The JD(S) and the BJP had violated constitutional provisions and House rules and provoked Congress members to stage dharnas during the legislature session, they alleged.

The Government should assume the responsibility for unruly scenes in the Lower House during the session, they said and demanded that a Council session be convened soon to elect the Chairman.

Drought

Mr. Dharam Singh said the Government had failed to tackle drought in 128 taluks. Funds and foodgrains sanctioned by the Centre remained unutilised.

Leaders of the ruling parties were issuing contradictory statements on the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, he said and asked the Chief Minister to make the Government's stance clear.

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