‘Speaker’s disappearing act unconstitutional’ - The New Indian Express

‘Speaker’s disappearing act unconstitutional’

Published: 26th January 2013 08:18 AM

Last Updated: 26th January 2013 08:40 AM

Stating that no other state like Karnataka is witnessing the mockery of democracy by the BJP government, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah said that Speaker KG Bopaiah’s “missing tactics is an offence and unconstitutional move.” 

Speaking at the press conference here on Friday, he said that the powers of  the Speaker was completely misused in the tenure of BJP government. According to Siddaramaiah, the Speaker is functioning as a puppet in the hands of the ruling party.

“KJP chief BS Yeddyurappa is reaping today what he had sown by misusing the powers of Speaker Bopaiah by forcing him to disqualify the 16 MLAs. Adopting the same tactics, both Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa are giving a befitting reply to Yeddyurappa by sending the Speaker abroad,” Siddaramaiah said.

He added that both Shettar as well as Bopaiah should resign as they have no moral rights to continue in power.

Siddaramaiah dared Yeddyurappa to contest against him from his home turf Varuna Assembly constituency in the upcoming elections. “Let Yeddyurappa contest if he is confident to win against me,” he added.

Siddaramaiah said that without the Congress support, neither H D Deve Gowda nor H D Kumaraswamy would have become prime minister and chief minister respectively. “Kumaraswamy must understand that I was the founder president of the JD(S) and the main player in the party getting 58 seats in the elections immediately after it was launched. After I was expelled from the party, the JD(S) seats reduced to 28,” said Siddaramaiah.

He said that Congress is ready to go for election any time and it has no plots to pull down the government.

‘Tippu isn’t Khalnayak’

Accusing the BJP spokesperson G Madhusudan, novelist SL Bhyrappa and researcher Chidanandamurthy of projecting Tippu as the  “khalnayak” by distorting history, Siddaramaiah demanded the government to allot the land for the university in Srirangapatna. He said that the BJP leaders once again proved that they are fascists by trying to provoke the Hindus against minorities through irresponsible statements.

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