We will function as a constructive Opposition party, says Kumaraswamy

The principal opposition party, Janata Dal (Secular), on Thursday said that Governor H.R. Bhardwaj’s address to the joint session of the Legislature on Monday would be an indicator of the Congress government’s programmes for the people.

The Janata Dal(S) would work out a strategy to fulfil its role of an Opposition party in the House based on the Governor’s address, Leader of the Opposition H.D. Kumaraswamy told presspersons here after taking oath as member of the Legislative Assembly.

He said that the Janata Dal(S) would act as a constructive Opposition party in the Lower House.

He said that he did not believe in walking out of proceedings and moving adjournment motions. The party would work towards restoring the past glory of the House by initiating discussions on topics of public importance.


Opposing the State government’s proposal to introduce cheap liquor, he urged it not to accord a “red carpet welcome” to liquor barons.

He said that his party was opposed to manufacture and sale of cheap liquor. He said that despite opposition, the Janata Dal(S)-BJP coalition government banned the sale of arrack in 2006.

He recalled a hooch tragedy on the outskirts of Bangalore when Siddaramaiah was the Deputy Chief Minister and Excise Minister in the Congress-Janata Dal(S) coalition government.

The tragedy claimed more than 30 lives.

When the people of the State had not sought cheap liquor, why was the Chief Minister in a hurry to introduce a scheme, he asked.

A couple of days ago, Excise Minister Satish Jarkiholi said that there was no proposal before the government to introduce cheap liquor in the State.

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