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Speaker pulls up Minister on political philosophy

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Bangalore, Apr 6 (UNI) Karnataka Assembly Speaker Krishna today pulled up Water Resources Minister K S Eshwarappa for openly identifying his political philosophy and creating a furore in the House.

Such acts would not befit the proceedings of the House, but lower its dignity, he said, amidst noisy scenes after Mr Eswarappa identified himself with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Sangh Parivar.

The House plunged into noisy schenes, with the BJP and Congress members indulging in a wordy duel when Leader of the Opposition N Dharam Singh pointed out the RSS ''involvement'' in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mr Eswarappa took strong exception to Mr Singh's remarks and wanted it to be expunged from the House records. He wanted an inquiry to be ordered into the episode and demanded an apology from Mr Singh. The Speaker said he would look into the proceedings and take necessary action.

The House was discussing the recent communal violence in Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada District. Refuting the Congress charges, the Minister said the BJP had not identified with the bandh recently organised in Udupi in connection with the incident and district incharge Minister Dr V S Acharya was in Bhatkal on a fact-finding mission.

Mr Singh cautioned Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to be wary of BJP designs.

Making a statement, Mr Kumaraswamy said the situation in Bhatkal town was now peaceful and the police had effectively tackled the incident, in which one person was killed and 32 people were arrested. Violence had been contained within five days unlike in previous occasions. Violence sparked off on March 28 when an idol of a local deity was removed from a disputed place, following which people belonging to two groups resorted to stone throwing and indulged in violence.

He said the Government would strengthen the coastal police set up and station additional forces in sensitive areas.

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