Bengaluru, Feb 10: Opposition BJP on Monday targeted the Congress government on the law and order situation in Karnataka, particularly the "increasing" crime against women.
Raising the issue during the discussion on motion of thanks to the Governor for his address in the Assembly, BJP leader Govinda Karajola said crime rate against women was increasing and law and order had completely deteriorated.
As Karajola started to list out the number of rape, murder and robbery cases, Home Minister K J George sought to defend the government.
He said after the December 12, 2012 Delhi gangrape case, IPC sections 375 and 376 were amended and the word rape got a "wider definition", besides there was the POCSO Act as well, as a result of which the number of cases getting registered was increasing.
George said the increase in number of cases was not only in Karnataka but across the country with Madhya Pradesh recording the highest crime rate.
Taking exception to this, BJP members asked him to concentrate on state related incidents.
BJP leader R Ashoka said the Home Minister by comparing with other states is trying to depict a level of competitiveness on this serious subject, when every day rape related incidents are happening on the streets and the pride and prestige of Karnataka is at stake.
Opposition Leader Jagadish Shettar said the conviction rate was slow and trial should be speeded up. George responded saying that fast track courts are being set up and efforts are on to speed up the process.
The situation in the House turned chaotic when some Congress members while trying to defend the government questioned "whether Ashok's tenure as Home Minister (during BJP rule) was a Rama Rajya?".
Responding to it, BJP members said 'it was Rama Rajya during our rule but under you it has become George Rajya'.
The situation in the House again turned chaotic when George, while replying to Karajola's allegations against the government, said public of Delhi have given reply to the BJP in Assembly polls, to which members from the opposition benches reacted by showing sign of zero at them, resulting in heated exchange between both the sides.
Speaker Kagodu Thimappa later restored normalcy.