The Legislative Council on Thursday witnessed verbal exchanges between members of Opposition and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), when Leader of Opposition in the Upper House S.R. Patil mentioned the name of the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in connection with the multi-crore mining scandal during question hour.

Interestingly, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar came in support of Mr. Yeddyurappa and objected to what he described as “character assassination” of a person, who is not present in the House.

During the discussion over a question raised by Basavaraj Horatti of Janata Dal (Secular) about the action taken by the government on the report of Lokayukta, which indicted over 700 officials, Mr. Patil said that a former Chief Minister went to prison following the report of the Lokayukta.

Objecting to the reference, BJP Chief Whip in the Council A.H. Shivayogi Swami said that it was not right on part of Mr. Patil to make “unnecessary” reference to Mr. Yeddyurappa. While other members supported Mr. Swamy, Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) members came to the rescue of Mr. Patil.

In his reply Mr. Shettar asserted that, there was no question of protecting “any body” and law would take its course. Over 40 officials had been suspended, he added.

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