Political drama, chaos at Assembly draws flak

Widespread protests, victory celebrations held in three districts
Last Updated 11 October 2010, 18:19 IST

In a press meet here on Monday, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha president K S Puttanaiah demanded imposition of the President’s rule rule in State. The happenings in the Assembly were the fall out of the Speaker’s ‘biased’ decision. The State never witnessed such a worst scenario and fight for power. The electorate should decide not to re-elect the people or MLAs responsible for the chaos and confusion. They turned the Assembly into a situation worst than that of the scenes that were witnessed in state like Bihar, he said.

The political parties have spent crores of rupees on resorts and for hopping from one place to the other through airways. They should disclose as to from where the did money come from for their plush stay outside Bangalore.

Amid the political uncertainty and high pitch of political parties, the irregularities and corruption charges facing the Government is being berried upon, he said.

He took a dig at MP’s Kumaraswamy and Chelluvarayaswamy saying that instead of keeping themselves in Parliament and discussing the farmer’s woes, the two leaders are ferrying MLAs from place to place, he ridiculed. The Raitha Sangha has convened a meeting on Oct 15 in Bangalore to discuss the political developments, he added.

Meanwhile, there is anger outpouring from intellectuals and progressive thinkers on the assembly chaos. “It is a shameful act. The politicians have murdered democracy. The men in Khaki had to enter the Assembly. All rules and democratic principles were thrown into air during the trust vote. They set a bad precedent for the younger generation,” said another farmer leader Sunanda Jayaram. While, Prof G T Veerappa opined that the act of politicians was an insult to the electorate. No political parties has principles. The offices of the Speaker and Governor have also lost sanctity, he rued.

DSS leader Keregodu Prasad termed the day’s happenings at Assembly and the BJP winning the trust vote as unconstitutional. Progressive thinker H L Keshavamurthy said that both ruling and opposition parties worked against the constitution. The Governor should dissolve the assembly paving way for a fresh people’s mandate, he stated and criticised the party hopping MLAs.

Kumari of Janavadi Mahila Sabha demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister. Yeddyurappa and the Speaker has acted against the constitution and misused the administrative machinery, she said. A housewife Savitha said the political leaders have lost the credibility.

A youth award winner Mangala Yogesh said politicians insulted the people of State.
In Hassan, the BJP activists went jubilant to celebrating the winning of the trust vote in the Assembly, the Democratic Youth Federation of India(DYFI) members staged a protest demanding president’s rule in the State. The activists, who gathered near the Hemavathi statue in the town, alleged that the BJP adopted an immoral and illegal way to win the trust vote and demanded president’s rule. Earlier, BJP activists celebrated the trust vote victory at the same venue bursting crack.

Protesters arrested

The police arrested the members of CITU, Janavadi Mahila Sangha in Mandya when were staging a demonstration demanding resignation of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.
The protesters alleged the trust vote proceeding violated the democratic and constitutional rules and principles. They shouted slogans against the Government and asked the CM to quit. The police took them to custody and later released.  On flipside, the BJP activists and CMC members Nanjundappa, Ayesha celebrated their party winning the trust vote bursting crackers in the town. In Chamarajanagar too, the BJP activists celebrated the party’s victory in the trust vote  in the town and across the district.

(Published 11 October 2010, 18:19 IST)

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