Congress-led Oppn stages walk out

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Bangalore, Jul 30 (UNI) The Congress-led opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly today staged a walk out over an ''unsatisfactory clarification'' given by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa during the Budget debate.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Mallikarjun Kharge, along with other members, had sought several clarifications besides a demand for the increase in the legislators fund from Rs one crore to Rs two crore for taking up developmental works in their constituencies.

The Chief Minister, in his clarification without making any definite commitment, said he would look into the issues raised by the members.

The Opposition parties said the Chief Minister was only trying to repeat his Budget speach instead of giving clarifications and staged the walk- out.

The Budget for 2008-09 was passed amid the noisy walk out.

The House also passed the Karnataka Appropriation Bill 2008.

The other Bills, which the House passed without debate due to the absence of the Opposition were Karnataka Motor Vehicles Taxations (Amendment), Bill, Karnataka Stamp (Amendment) Bill, Karnataka Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill and Karnataka Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill.

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