Oppn boycotts Karnataka Assembly, Houses passes 7 bills

Written by: Manoj Kumar Ramesh
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Bangalore, Jan 12 (PTI) The Congress and JD-S todayboycotted proceedings of the Karnataka Assembly protestingthe "attitude" of the ruling BJP which transacted official andlegislative business ignoring opposition dharna.

Amid slogan shouting and dharna for the third consecutiveday, seven bills including, the Karnataka AppropriationBill, 2011, were adopted. The appropriation bill authorisesthe state government to withdraw Rs 5060.41 crore.

The opposition has been demanding acceptance of itsadjournment notice to discuss alleged land scams andcorruption.

As Speaker K G Bopaiah took up Question Hour, laying ofpapers on the table and bills, rejecting the opposition''sappeal for not transacting business, Congress and JD-S saidthey would boycott proceedings. They then walked out, shoutingslogans against the Government.

"It is nothing but murder of democracy. The Speaker hasalso joined hands with the Government," opposition Congressleader Siddaramaiah said before leading the walkout by hisparty and JD-S members.

The House then took up the motion to thank the Governorfor his address to the joint sitting on January 6.

The Speaker then adjourned the House for for the day.

Suresh Gowda (BJP) sought to move a breach of privilegenotice against JD-S leader and MP H D Kumaraswamy for makingcertain remarks denigrating the Assembly.

Gowda said the former Chief Minister''s remarks lowered theimage of the House and its members.

Bopaiah said he would write to the Lok Sabha Speaker onthe issue.

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