The minister said that whatever had happened that day was unintentional.
Dharme Gowda was at the centre of the high drama in the legislative council on December 15, which saw BJP-JD(S) and Congress members hurling abuses and pushing each other.
BJP has accused Shetty of acting in a partisan manner and rejecting its notice to move a no-confidence motion against him.
Angry legislators rushed to the well and physically dragged Gowda from the seat.
The chairman can neither preside over the Business Advisory Committee, nor sit in authority, since a no-confidence motion was being moved against him.
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While Gowda was ahead with about 24000 plus votes, trailing in the second place was the saffron party's Rebel candidate DT Srinivas followed by JDS nominee Chowd Reddy.
A total of 40 candidates are in the fray for elections that have a total of 2,34,718 voters. Counting of votes for the biennial elections will be held on November 2.
He said that people from lower strata of society have started walking down long distances to their villages as the public transportation stands suspended.