Bangalore: Leaders of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council Siddaramaiah and V.S. Ugrappa respectively have accused Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa of attempting to curb the rights and privileges of legislators.
The Government has called a three-day session of the legislature beginning on September 9. The legislature secretariat has stated that the session has been called to primarily discuss matters related to agriculture and rural development. The charge of the Opposition leaders is that while the Government can only call a session of the legislature, the agenda for debate and discussion has to be finalised by the Business Advisory Committee headed by the presiding officers of the two Houses.
Mr. Siddaramaiah and Mr. Ugrappa demanded that the duration of the session should be a minimum 21 days since the legislature has met for only 29 days this year. The drought in the State is looming large and this in itself calls for a detailed discussion.
The Opposition leaders charged the Government with abdicating its duty to tackle drought despite having adequate resources for providing relief to farmers.
Mr. Siddaramaiah said neither the Chief Minister nor Revenue Minister G. Karunakar Reddy had toured the drought-hit areas.
He said the notification on the drought-affected regions had come rather late.
“I have toured Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar and Bijapur districts while Mr. Ugrappa has toured Chitradurga and Tumkur to talk to the people. All the ten taluks of Gulbarga and five taluks of Bidar are reeling under drought, and the Government has done nothing for the affected people,” he said.