KARNATAKA

Motion of thanks: Opposition in Council relents on demand for adjournment

Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: The Legislative Council on Saturday passed the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address to the joint session of the legislature after the Opposition relented on its demand that Chairman Veeranna Mathikatti adjourn the House so that the motion could be discussed during the budget session.

‘No time’

The Opposition maintained that no time had been allocated to discuss the motion. The motion was taken up around 2 p.m., the time fixed for the conclusion of the nine-day Belgaum session of the legislature.

Acharya’s appeal

Speaking on behalf of the Government, Home Minister V.S. Acharya said the decision to conclude the session at 2 p.m. had been taken in consultation with senior Opposition and leaders, and some of the Ministers had already booked their return flights to Bangalore.

Senior BJP leader D.H. Shankaramurthy appealed to the Opposition to cooperate in passing the motion, which was also a Constitutional obligation.

‘BJP convention’

The Opposition, which had devoted most of the time of the House in attacking the Government on the issue of illegal mining and pressuring the government to order a CBI investigation on the basis of the Lokayukta’s report on the matter, used the occasion to accuse the Government of converting the Belgaum session into a “BJP convention”. Its intention was to derive political mileage for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

They also criticised the Government for not discussing anything specific in the House related to the development of north Karnataka in general and Belgaum in particular.

Instead certain decisions were taken by the Cabinet, denying the Opposition an opportunity to give its views, they said.

Those who spoke included Leader of the Opposition V.S. Ugrappa, Siddu Nyamegouda, S.R. Patil, M.P. Nadagouda and Y.S.V Datta.

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