BJP disrupts Governor’s address in Karnataka Assembly

BJP MLAs today disrupted Karnataka Assembly, for the second day, raising slogans alleging that the the Congress-JD(S) coalition government lostmajority. They forced adjournment of the house, with out taking up any business.

The nine Congress MLAs, who had skipped the legislature sitting, yesterday, were not present in the House today well, while BJP alleging that about 14 Congress MLAs has left their camp.

However, asserting they are having majority, former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah challenged BJP to move a no-confidence motion in the house, to prove their claims. But, surprisingly, BJP was silent on moving no-confidence motion.

A chaotic scene greeted Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar as he entered, with the BJP MLAs in the Well of the House. Before Kumar could take his seat and start the proceedings, the BJP MLAs raised slogans like, ‘Go back CM, Go back CM’, ‘Step Down CM, Step Down CM’, ‘Down down government without majority’ and ‘No unity, no majority’.

The agitating MLAs did not pay heed to the speaker’s request that the BJP members resume their seats, prompting him to adjourn the proceedings for 10 minutes. When the House met again, the BJP continued with its protest, forcing the Speaker to adjourn proceedings till 12.30pm Friday when Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s government will table the 2019-2020 budget.

A similar chaos prevailed in the Karnataka Legislative Council where the BJP members trooped into the Well of the House and raised slogans saying the government has lost majority. Disgruntled Congress MLAs Umesh Jadhav, Mahesh Kumtalli,Ramesh Jarkiholi and B Nagendra, who are reportedly in touch with the BJP, remained absent for the second day and were incommunication.

Despite whips issued by various parties to their legislators to be present on the first day of the Budget session of Karnataka legislature, as many as nine MLAs from the Congress and three from the BJP were found absent from the House, yesterday, the begning day of 10-day budget session. The panic Congress has called for a legislature party meeting tomorrow.

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