Karnataka Assembly Adjourned Amid BJP Protests Against Govt, ‘Rebel’ Congress MLAs Remain Absent

On the opening day of the 10-day Karnataka Assembly budget session, BJP MLAs created ruckus, forcing Governor Vajubhai Vala to cut short his joint address at the start of the 10-day Budget session . The BJP members raised slogans in the well of the House against the ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition.

They alleged that JD(S)-Congress has no right to continue as it has lost majority. Following the uproar, the Governor’s address ended in less than ten minutes.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who also holds the Finance portfolio, is scheduled to present his coalition governments second budget on February 8.

Senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister R Ashoka had expressed doubts about budget presentation on February 8. He had claimed that 20 to 25 disgruntled MLAs of the alliance were out of reach of their leaders and the coalition government was in a ‘coma’.

The saffron party had also asserted it was not averse to moving a no-confidence motion against the Kumaraswamy-led government.

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