Assembly adjourned till Monday amid din over diary

Assembly adjourned till Monday amid  din over diary

“Koti Koti... Looty Looty. Looty Looty, Saviraru Koti...Govinda, Govinda...” slogans raised by the BJP reverberated in the Legislative Assembly on Friday. They were in reference to Congress MLC K Govindaraj’s diary. The BJP, for the second consecutive day, created a din in the House over the issue.

As soon as the Assembly met in the morning, BJP members continued their dharna demanding that Speaker K B Koliwad allow a discussion on the controversial Govindaraj diary entries. JD(S) members were heard demanding waiver of farm loans.

However, the Speaker did not budge from his stand of not allowing a discussion on the diary. Upset BJP members led by Jagadish Shettar said that names of certain ministers, the high command (meaning the Congress) and a payoff of Rs 65 crore figure in the diary. Thousands of crores have been looted.

The government should not stand on prestige. A debate should be allowed, they vociferously demanded. The ruling Congress did not agree to this.

When there was no meeting point between the ruling party and the BJP, the Speaker adjourned the House for a short while. When the House reassembled amid the din, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in a raised voice said the BJP has been politicising the issue for publicity.

“Nimma appana aane (I swear on your father) you (BJP) will not come to power. We will continue to be in power. You are assuming that you are going to win the polls.

You are under an illusion. The elections are still one year away. Do whatever you want... people will not trust you. Your ministers had gone to prison. People will teach you a lesson. You are wasting the time of the House. It is you who have looted crores of rupees. Criminal cases have been booked. You have no shame...” Siddaramaiah said.

The BJP continued to raise slogans against the government. Finally, Koliwad adjourned the House till Monday.    
DH News Service

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