K'taka Assembly adjourned amidst dharna by Cong members

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Bangalore, Jun 24 (UNI) The Karnataka Legislative Assembly was adjourned for the day today following a dharna by the Opposition Congress members after Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa refused to yield to an Opposition demand to set up a Joint House Committee on the fertiliser shortage issue.

During a short duration discussion, the Chief Minister had assured the members that he would suspend some developmental programmes to utilise the funds for purchase of fertilisers to end the problems being faced by farmers. But, this did not satisfy the Opposition.

Soon after Mr Yeddyurappa completed his reply, Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjuna Kharge and others demanded a specific reply from the Government with regard to supply of fertilisers to the farmers across the state.

Mr Kharge condemned the Government for its failure to contain the spate of suicides by farmers after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power in the state last month, and demanded an apology from the Chief Minister in this regard.

The Chief Minister, giving clarifications, said fertiliser supply was a national issue and it should be dealt with by the Centre after taking the States into confidence.

He assured to take an all-party delegation to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister again to prevail upon him to ensure adequate supply of fertilisers to the state.

However, there was no response to a suggestion made by former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular) to ensure supply of fertilisers from Gujarat, where the BJP was in power.

Dissatisfied with the reply, the Congress members, led by Mr Kharge, trooped to the well of the House shouting slogans against the Government.

Speaker Jagdish Shettar adjourned the House till tomorrow morning, amidst slogan shouting by the Opposition members.

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