MLAs, ministers give session a miss

The fourth day of the ongoing Budget session saw hardly 30 to 40 MLAs from different parties in the Assembly on Thursday.

Published: 09th February 2018 03:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2018 07:22 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The fourth day of the ongoing Budget session saw hardly 30 to 40 MLAs from different parties in the Assembly on Thursday. Even senior  ministers were absent in the House.  Of the 15 questions raised during Question Hour, nine went unanswered as the MLAs who had asked the questions did not turn up. Of the remaining , most were related to medical education but Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash Patil was absent. Food and Civil Supplies Department Minister U T Khader was answering on his behalf. After a point, when Khader did not answer properly, BJP members started criticising the state government.

BJP MLA Lakshman Savadi asked, “Where is Patil? He is neither in the Council nor in the Assembly. I even went to his chamber. Is he even in India or abroad?” he asked. Another senior BJP leader Govind Karajol added that this being the Budget session, the Principal Secretary to the Finance Department, the Secretary and all ministers and MLAs should be present. “If he (Patil) has important personal work, let him resign and go. He is a medical practitioner by profession. Is he functioning in shifts as a minister?” he asked. Opposition leader Jagadish Shettar complained about the absentees to the CM.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp