BELAGAVI: Members of the BJP in Assembly trooped into the well of the House after Speaker K B Koliwad rejected their demand for an adjournment motion seeking the resignation of Bengaluru Development Minister K J George over the DySP K B Ganapathy suicide case. Dharnas, arguments, allegations and counter-allegations marked the second day of the session at Belagavi’s Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, with BJP members insisting on the ouster of George.Immediately after the session started, leader of the opposition Jagadish Shettar demanded a discussion on the issue.
When the Speaker pointed out that it had been decided earlier in consultation with the leader of the opposition that no subject of discussion will be raised before Zero Hour. Shettar said the issue should be considered a special case time allotted for discussion.After Question Hour, Shettar raised the issue again and demanded that a discussion be allowed.
Referring to the Supreme Court’s observations that the issue needs a detailed probe, he pointed out to the alleged tampering of evidence and said that if it continues, it will affect delivery of justice.
But Law and Parliamentary Affairs minister T B Jayachandra raised a point of order saying that the same issue cannot be raised twice under Rule 60 of rules of legislature. He pointed out that BJP has raised the same issue earlier too. When the BJP defended its action saying that the situation was different then, Speaker Koliwad intervened and said that he will issue a ruling on whether a discussion should be allowed or not. Unhappy with this, BJP members entered the well of the House and staged a dharna, forcing Koliwad to adjourn the House.
When the House reconvened after lunch, the BJP members stood in the well refusing to take their seats. Despite appeals by the Speaker, they raised slogans and continued their protest. Amidst the protest, the government introduced the bills on black magic, Urban Development Authorities (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and two more Bills after which the House was adjourned for the day. Later on speaking to reporters, Shettar said they will ensure the resignation of George in the wake of Supreme Court observation.