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JD(S) to keep off House till Speaker rejects recommendations

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BJP resorting to undemocratic means to maintain majority: Deve Gowda

Criticism: Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda addressing presspersons in Bangalore on Thursday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
Criticism: Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda addressing presspersons in Bangalore on Thursday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Even as the Janata Dal (Secular) on Thursday decided to stay away from the proceedings of the State Legislature till the Speaker rejects the Appachu Ranjan Committee's recommendation on suspending 15 Opposition MLAs for their unruly behaviour, the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of resorting to “undemocratic” means to maintain majority in the House.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Gowda suspected the BJP of “conspiring” to remove from the House another 15 MLAs fearing an unfavourable verdict from the court in cases pertaining to the disqualification of 16 MLAs.

‘Discriminatory'

Coming down heavily on Speaker K.G. Bopaiah and Mr Ranjan, Mr. Gowda accused that the report was gross discriminatory in nature.

The former Prime Minister said the BJP lacked the basic courtesy of seeking the consent of Opposition party leaders in the Assembly viz. Siddaramaiah of the Congress and H.D. Revanna of the Janata Dal (Secular) before constituting the panel.

“Why did the Committee overlook the gestures made by the Leader of House inciting the ruling party members against the speech being made by the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly?” Mr Gowda sought to know. “Is the Committee of the opinion that all the BJP MLAs are disciplined”, Mr Gowda remarked sarcastically.

Meanwhile, Mr. Revanna told The Hindu that all the party MLAs would boycott the Legislature till the report submitted by the Appachu Ranjan Committee was rejected.

He said the Janata Dal (Secular) would turn the heat on Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa over his involvement in corruption and land scams in the State in the coming few days and force his resignation. Party MLA H.C. Balakrishna criticised the Speaker and said Mr. Bopaiah was the “worst” Speaker the State Assembly had ever witnessed.

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