The budget session of Karnataka Legislature, which begins in the third week of June, would also be the last for many senior leaders whose term comes to an end soon.
The month-long session would be held after June 15 as renovation work of the Legislative Council would be completed only by June 10, said D H Shankaramurthy, Chairman of the Legislative Council.
This has been discussed with Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who agreed to conduct the session after June 15, he said.
The hall at the Legislative Council would get a new look with plush interiors, comfortable seating, modern air-conditioning system, the latest sound system and imported carpets. Shankaramurthy defended the renovation, which is estimated to cost over `7 crore. Money would be spent on importing American carpets, comfortable cushions with Italian upholstery and American sound systems.
“The hall is being renovated after 40 years and the carpets are being imported for their superior quality and durability,” he said. The forthcoming session would see the induction of new faces as three seats in the council are vacant.
The terms of MLCs S R Leela, Doddarange Gowda, M R Doreswamy and B S Shivappa also would end on June 20, while those of Bharati Shetty, former Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, Siddaraju, A H Shivayogiswamy, K Monappa Bhandary, K V Narayanaswamy and Puttanna ends on June 30. Shankaramurthy said a statue of Mahatma Gandhi would be erected on the lawns between the Vidhana Soudha and Vikasa Soudha. Details about the height of the proposed statue and cost would be finalised after May 16.
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