Goolihatti does a Salman

Last Updated 11 October 2010, 17:16 IST

They were rendered ineligible to enter the House, as they were disqualified by the Speaker around 5.30 am for the remaining term of the present Assembly.

It was a hard for them to digest that they were no longer the members of the House, let alone be ministers.

However, it was the former minister Goolihatti Shekar, who made a spectacle of himself by ripping off his vest and shirt, standing atop a table in the Assembly. To add on to it, he bawled and shouted slogans abusing the BJP. He did not button his shirt even while being interviewed by TV channels.

He said he was disqualified and thrashed by the police as he was a Dalit.

As the BJP government had come to power because of the support extended by the Dalits (four of the five Independents are Dalits), Yeddyurappa no longer had the right to continue in power, he added.

The first among the five disqualified MLAs to barge into the House was Shivaraj Tangadagi escorted by JD(S) MLA Suresh Gowda. Later, the remaining four - Goolihatti Shekar, Narendraswamy, D Sudhakar and Venkataramanappa - followed the suit. They later joined the JD(S) and Congress members leading to unprecedented ruckus.

Abuses hurled

Sudhakar, who always maintained a low profile as a minister, hurled abuses against marshals.

The marshals were following the Speaker’s order at best, of keeping off the disqualified MLAs from the Assembly Hall. Narendraswamy was not above using abusive language.
Following the Speaker’s order banning the entry of the disqualified MLAs into the Assembly, notices were pasted on all three entrances to the Assembly.

“How can independent MLAs be disqualified? Aren’t they ashamed,” he questioned.

(Published 11 October 2010, 17:15 IST)

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