Bharatiya Janata Party State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa on Thursday denied the Opposition charge that the filing of a charge sheet against Janata Dal (Secular) MLA B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan in a robbery case was part of the government's strategy to target Opposition MLAs.
“I came to know about the charge sheet only through the media. It is surprising and painful for me that an MLA is facing robbery charges,” Mr. Eshwarappa told presspersons on the sidelines of an interactive meeting of chiefs of boards and corporations convened by the BJP to know their expectations from the forthcoming State budget.
When asked if the Government was targeting Opposition MLAs as on the earlier occasion too a house committee of the Legislative Assembly had recommended suspension of several MLAs only from the Opposition parties for the ruckus in the Assembly, Mr. Eshwarappa said it was wrong to compare this instance with that of charge sheeting Mr. Khan.
Defending the recommendation of the committee to suspend some Opposition MLAs, he said Karnataka's legislature had become a laughing stock of late as it was hardly allowed to debate any issues. “We cannot tolerate ‘goondaism' in the legislature,” he noted. Responding to queries on the State Budget, Mr. Eshwarappa said the BJP had suggested to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to give priority for completing the Upper Krishna Project and focus on agriculture, energy and education sectors.