Some sang and a few snored

Some sang and a few snored

MLAs sleeping in between the Legislative Assembly seats during their continued protest against the government in Vidhana Soudha on Tuesday night. DH PHOTO

On Monday night the Congress and the JD (S) legislators camped in the lounges of the legislature as part of their dharna demanding a CBI probe into illegal mining. Their stay continued on Tuesday night too. They stood, sat and slept, all to press for their demand.

Siddaramaiah said he got sound sleep as bedding was provided. While the senior members slept next to the Speaker’s podium, the younger MLAs tucked themselves between the two rows of seats.

Those allergic to dust and AC found it little tough. Squeaking of rats through the night instilled fear, but nobody was bitten.

Congress MLA K Venkatesh, decided to sleep at the far end of the Assembly - for he did not want his snoring to disturb others.

There was a great bonhomie among the two Opposition party legislators. They shared political anecdotes, listened to film songs and interacted with several political heavy weights who visited them on Tuesday afternoon.

The health freaks woke up early to jog around the seat of power, Vidhana Soudha. Of course, many did it for TV cameras. After a quick bath at their  quarters in the Legislators Home, it was back to the well of the House. They knew that the stalemate would continue.

Elli mareyaade Vittala... Yarige Yaruntu Yaravene Samsara ... all old Kannada film tunes were sung as part of Antakshari competition.

The presence of former Congress MLA Annadani was solicited as he is a good singer. He entertained the members with film and folk songs. He played tabala on empty plastic water container. Siddaramiaah to joined the club by singing
Ee sdehadinda Duranaade Eke Atmane... Congress legislator Dr Sharan Prakash had brought a book on the history of the Moghuls.

While some stayed in the Assembly hall to ensure that the Marshals do not lock the doors, the singing went on outside the hall. Some listened to their choice of music on cell phones.  P M Ashok was a big hit. A huge crowd had gathered around him laughing their hearts out watching him mimic several politicians.

The lunch was sponsored by Roshan Baig, while the dinner was hosted by Prakash Hukkeri. Biryani, parathas and curd rice were all savoured by the agitating members. In the Council, Motamma got her lunch box from home.

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