Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa has called off his dharna here on Wednesday.
Yeddyurappa was on day and night dharna during the Legislature session demanding extension of the Bidai scheme to all poor brides. He said: “I have decided to call off the dharna and take up the issue of farmers in the House from Thursday. I have no objection if other like-minded parties join me to take on the government.”
He told reporters that the government should extended the Bidai scheme to backward communities and SC/STs.
He denied Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s allegations that he has politicised the scheme for political gains.
He wants the Chief Minister to hold talks with Opposition parties and extend the scheme to the poor among OBCs and dalits.
He said the government can extend the programme to SC/STs and OBCs through the Ambedkar Development Corporation.
BSY Pushed to His Seat, But in Vain
In a dramatic move, Housing Minister M H Ambareesh literally pushed former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to his chair in an effort to persuade the latter to end his dharna in the Assembly which entered the third day on Wednesday. Ambareesh, before answering a question, requested Yeddyurappa to take his seat and went into the well to persuade him.
“I will fall at your feet, please end the dharna,” he said while pushing Yeddyurappa towards his seat. However, Yeddyurappa did not utter a word. Later, he returned to the well once Ambareesh went back to his seat.