Cong, BJP set to turn the heat on each other at winter session

Cong, BJP set to turn the heat on each other at winter session

Seeking ouster of George, Venugopal on BJP agenda; Power scam report to corner BJP

Cong, BJP set to turn the heat on each other at winter session

The winter session of the legislature, scheduled to commence from Monday at Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi, is expected to be stormy with principal Opposition party BJP deciding to mount pressure on the ruling Congress, demanding the resignation of Bengaluru Development Minister K J George in connection with the suicide of police officer M K Ganapathy.

The saffron party leaders are also up in arms against AICC general secretary incharge of Karnataka K C Venugopal over his reported involvement in the solar scam in Kerala and demanding that the Congress should remove him from his post immediately. However, the government has strongly defended both the leaders, rejecting the Opposition party's demand. The session is scheduled to be held till November 24.

The government is planning to counter the BJP by tabling a controversial report on irregularities in purchase of power during 2006 and 2013. It is likely to highlight irregularities and lapses in power purchase during the previous BJP governments. The JD(S), on its part, has chalked out a strategy to take on both the national parties. The regional party is likely to raise burning issues related to north Karnataka region during the session.

This apart, the much-awaited report of an Assembly committee on the encroachment of lakes in Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural districts is likely to be tabled during the session. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and the revenue officials of both the districts are waiting for the report, to take action against the encroachers. The committee will recommend action to be taken against the lake encroachers in its report.

The controversial private medical establishments bill that seeks to regulate private hospitals is likely to be taken up for discussion during the session. Private medical doctors, who are opposing the bill, have threatened to stage a protest in front of the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, Belagavi, on Monday, the opening day of the session.

Assembly Speaker K B Koliwad told reporters on Sunday that five new bills will be introduced during the session. These bills are: The Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practice and Black Magic Bill, 2017, the Karnataka Urban Development Authorities (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Karnataka Repealing of Certain Enactments Bill, 2017, the Karnataka Extension of Consequential Seniority to Government Servants Promoted on the Basis of Reservation (To the Posts in the Civil Services of the State) Bill and the Karnataka Appropriation Bill, 2017.