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Yeddyurappa’s reply fails to satisfy members in Assembly

BANGALORE: The Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) on Thursday staged a walkout in the Legislative Assembly after the Government refused to yield to their demand for a probe, as sought by them, into the alleged KHB land scam.

The Congress has demanded a CBI probe, while the Janata Dal (S) favoured an investigation by the Lokayukta.

The three rounds of negotiations between the Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah and Janata Dal (S) leader H.D. Revanna and Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa held in the chamber of Speaker Jagadish Shettar did not help in ending the stalemate.

Immediately thereafter, the House assembled and Mr. Shettar said that no issues under Question Hour, Zero Hour or under call attention motions could be raised and no Bill could be tabled, and requested the Opposition to cooperate in conducting the proceedings.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said they would not accept the Government decision of entrusting the probe into the multi-crore scam involving two BJP leaders, holding Cabinet-rank posts, to an Additional Chief Secretary as the officer was subordinate to them.

Resignation sought

He also demanded that the chairmen of the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board and the Karnataka Housing Board, S.N. Krishnaiah Setty and G.T. Deve Gowda, respectively resign.

Rejecting the demand, Mr. Yeddyurappa said he was ready to entrust the probe to the Chief Secretary and the Opposition could seek clarifications on his reply.

The Chief Minister said the Chief Secretary would submit the report in six months and till he gave the report no fresh land for the layouts to be developed by the KHB in the State would be acquired.

Charge

Mr. Siddaramaiah, who rejected the decision, alleged that Mr. Setty was supporting real estate agents, misusing his official position, and that the Government was shielding corrupt elements.

Minister for Major and Medium Irrigation Basavaraj Bommai said the Opposition had no moral right to make such charges against the BJP Government, as they were involved in similar acts while in power.

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