Special Correspondent

Bangalore: The Legislative Council on Friday witnessed the ushering in of a new convention when Congress and Janata Dal (United) members were successful in pressuring a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to read a few lines from the speech delivered by Governor Rameshwar Thakur to the joint session of the legislature.

The House met after the Governor completed his speech in the Assembly Hall, and ‘Mukhyamantri’ Chandru (BJP) tabled a copy of it in the House. M.P. Nadagouda (JD-U) and V.S. Ugrappa, V.R. Sudarshan and Veeranna Mathikatti (Congress) criticised the Government for what they described as the unconstitutional manner in which the Council session was convened.

But Ministers V.S. Acharya and Ramachandra Gowda defended the convening of the session saying that the Governor had asked Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to prove his majority within eight days. Hence, there was sufficient time to give notice to all the members. This argument was upheld by Chairman B.K. Chandrashekar.

Expressing their unhappiness over the cavalier manner in which the copy of the speech was tabled in the Council, they demanded that it should be read out. Giving in to pressure, Mr. Chandru read out a few lines from the speech, thus ushering a new convention much to the chagrin of those who are particular about business rules of the Upper House.

Manohar Maski (BJP) seconded the motion. Prof. Chandrashekar adjourned the House till June 23.