Bengaluru, Feb 07: The Opposition BJP members in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, who successfully stalled Governor's Address to the Joint House yesterday, continued their dharna in the Well of the House on Thursday demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister H D Kumarasamy stating that his government has lost majority as many ruling party members have abstained and this forced the Speaker to adjourn the House for tomorrow.
The House, which reassembled after a brief adjournment, witnessed uproar continued as both the opposition BJP and the ruling JD(S) and Congress members indulged in shouting slogans against each other.
When nothing was being heard Speaker Ramesh Kumar adjourned the house for tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, the BJP members, emboldened by the absence of the ruling Congress and JD(S) members, despite issuing whip from the party, demanded Chief Minister to step down as he lost the majority. While four rebel Congress members, who stayed away from attending the CLP meeting also remained absent despite Whip issued by the party. Besides four Congress MLAs-- Ramesh Jarkiholi, Nagendra, Umesh Jadhav, and Umesh Kumatalli-- two more MLAs including
B C Patil and Ramappa also remained absent in the House for the second consecutive day.
Opposition leader in the Assembly B S Yedydurappa have criticised the decision of the government to table the Booklet of the Budget for the year 2019 - 20 only after it was read in the House by Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, who also holds Finance portfolio.
"The Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, by not providing the budget text to the members, as soon as he starts reading is showing disrespect to the traditions of the house" Yeddyurappa said in a statement. (UNI)