‘Opposition attitude a great disservice to the people'
Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar on Thursday regretted that the Opposition boycott of the address to the State legislature by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj was a setback to the people, who elected the members, and not to the B.S. Yeddyurappa Government.
Terming it a great disservice to the people and a sad incident, he said the Opposition by not listening to the Governor's address and showing disrespect to a constitutional functionary had lost faith in parliamentary democracy.
He said they had made it a habit to demand the resignation of Mr. Yeddyurappa even after he had replied to the allegations.
Mr. Suresh Kumar said the Government had appointed a judicial commission to probe the allegations made against Mr. Yeddyurappa, and the Lokayukta was investigating the other cases.
Denying that the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders had insulted the Governor, the Minister said that the party leaders had high regard for Mr. Bhardwaj.
In fact, BJP leaders had cordial relations with him. However, Mr. Suresh Kumar said he did not have information on the statement made by State BJP chief K.S. Eshwarappa against Mr. Bhardwaj.
The Minister hoped that the Opposition would cooperate with the Government in the smooth conduct of the House.
When reminded that the Opposition had moved a motion seeking removal of Speaker K.B. Bopaiah, the Minister recalled their behaviour during the Speaker's election.
No Speaker had faced such a situation, the Minister pointed out.
Mr. Suresh Kumar hoped that things would be sorted out at the Business Advisory Committee convened by the Speaker on Friday.