Not allowed to table pvt bill, Belagavi MLAs hold stir

MLAs Abhay Patil and Anil Benke staging sit-in protests at the entrance of SVS in Belagavi for the former not being allowed to table private members bill for taking up Belagavi issues in the house. DH Photo.

Belagavi South MLA Abhay Patil on Friday staged a sit-in at the West Gate of Suvarna Vidhana Soudha for not allowing to present a private member’s bill during the session on the development of Belagavi

A while later, Belagavi North MLA Anil Benke joined Patil in the protest. Abhay Patil wanted to present a private member’s bill seeking the establishment of IT Park along the Pune-Bengaluru national highway wherein 744 acres of land was available.

Also, he wanted the government to create replicas of the freedom fighters, scientists and others who made invaluable contributions towards nation building at Mache village near here. Patil was denied an opportunity to present the private member’s bills on Thursday.

Patil questioned the rationale behind holding the winter session of the state legislature in Belagavi when there is no time to listen to the grievances of the region. The legislators relented after the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly B S Yeddyurappa visited the protest site and informed them that Speaker Ramesh Kumar had assured him of providing time for Patil to table the bill in a few days.

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