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Cong stages dharna in K'taka Council on illegal mining issue

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Bangalore, July 6 (UNI) The Opposition Congress today staged a dharna in the Karnataka Legislative Council, demanding the immediate tabling of a report on illegal mining in the State and alleging that the Government was trying to hush up the matter.

When Mr Basavaraj Bommai (JD-U) raised the issue of illegal mining of crores of rupees during question hour, the Congress members demanded that the report be tabled in the House immediately.

The State Government had mentioned about the menace in the earlier session and promised to present a report in the House.

Leader of the Opposition H K Patil said a power-point presentation was given to the Chief Minister by Forests Minister C Chennigappa. Though the report, with a list of illegal miners, was available with the Government, it was trying to hush up the matter, he alleged.

Replying to the demand, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj S Horatti, on behalf of the Chief Minister, sought some more time to table the report in the House.

Leader of the House and Higher Education Minister D H Shankaramurthy said the Government needed more time as the member had asked for a State level report.

Dissatisfied with the reply, the Congress members staged a dharna in the well of the House.

Acting Chairman Sachidanand Khot adjourned the House for lunch break when the Opposition stuck to its demand.

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