Democracy insulted, thunders Siddu

Last Updated 09 July 2010, 17:24 IST

They wanted the Speaker to suspend the BJP MLA, who threatened the Opposition members, from the House. The JD(S) also came in support of the Congress MLAs.

When the commotion was on in the Hall, the marshals tried to send the media out of the Hall so that recording of the happenings could be avoided. Congress leader Roshan Baig and others prevented the marshals from their efforts. They insisted that media should remain the Hall and record the happenings.

Congress leader Siddaramaiah said the behaviour of the BJP MLAs in the Assembly was an insult to democracy. They threatened to ‘finish’ many of the Congress MLAs. It was an act of criminal intimidation as per the Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code.

Speaker K G Bopaiah met the Congress members in the Hall and tried to pacify them. The Legislature Secretariat staff made arrangements to supply lunch to the protesters in the Hall. They were reluctant to end the protest until they get an assurance from the Speaker on action against the BJP MLAs. They withdrew the protest after Bopaiah assured them that he would convene a meeting of floor leaders and chief whips of all the parties on Monday.

War of words

The Congress wants to have the session proceedings as per its wishes. The Opposition parties have to give up their adamant attitude. They did not want the smooth functioning of the legislature session. They did the same thing in the last session.
Today, I have agreed to give additional powers to the Lokayukta. No government in the last 24 years did this. But the Congress is not ready to listen to it. However, I am ready to talk to the Opposition leaders about the incident.
Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister

Any member has used unparliamentary words in the
Assembly hall, it is condemnable. All this happened because the Congress and the JD(S) are not tolerant of the development works implemented by the BJP in the last two years. But the people of the State are aware of the development achieved by us.
K S Eshwarappa, BJP State President

The Assembly House witnessed unprecedented incidents. Never in the history of Karnataka any member of the House had used the words the Bellary BJP leaders used today. They also challenged us to visit Bellary. We have accepted the challenge. We will hold a party convention in Bellary.
Siddaramaiah, Cong leader

The Bellary BJP leaders’
behaviour in the Assembly exhibit their culture.
They posed life threat to our MLAs. We are all worried. As long as we are in Vidhana Soudha we have security. The Speaker should come to our rescue.
Dinesh Gundurao, Cong MLA

Congress MLAs have no
respect for Bellary district. They passed unsavoury
comments on Bellary and
the elected representatives. We being elected from
Bellary can’t tolerate their words.
Suresh Babu, BJP MLA

(Published 09 July 2010, 17:24 IST)

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