New controversy hits the K'taka Speaker Bopaiah

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Bangalore, Oct 15: A new controversy has hit the Karnataka Assembly Speaker KG Bopaiah.

Congress leader VS Ugrappa has now alleged that in a report forwarded by the Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari to the DGP, Ajai Kumar Singh, explaining why uniformed policemen entered into the Assembly, suggested that the police officers were knowing about the 16 MLAs' disqualification 8 hours before the actual order came from the Speaker"s office, .

The report also stated that the decision to get disqualified MLAs out to the gates of the Vidhan Soudha was taken at the CM"s office at 10 am on Oct 10, the Congress leader said while speaker to reporters.

Commissioner Shankar Bidari said in his summary that the “decision taken on Oct 10 that disqualified MLAs should be allowed up to the outer gate of the Assembly premises appears a serious error of judgement."

Speaker KG Bopaiah disqualified sixteen rebel MLAs including 11 BJP MLAs and 5 independent MLAs ahead of the floor test scheduled on Monday, Oct 11.

All the rebel MLAs were disqualified under the provision of the anti-defection law as per the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.

The disqualified BJP MLAs include Raje Kage, Belur Gopala Krishna, HS Shankara Lingegowda, Nanjundaswamy, Balachandra Jarkiholi, Anand Asnotikar, Dr Sarvabowma Bagali, Y Sampangi, SK Bellubbi, Shivanagouda Naik and V Nagaraju.

The other ministers in the disqualified list included MP Narendraswamy, Venkataramanappa, Shivaraj Tangadagi and Goolihatti Sekhar.

However, distancing himself from the new row, Bidari told a news agency, "I have not received any letter from the Government. I have not sent any report."

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