Oppn creates ruckus in Parl over Karnataka issue

Oppn creates ruckus in Parl over Karnataka issue
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi with party MPs walks out of the Lok Sabha in a protest over Karnataka issues, during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Tuesday. (LSTV)
NEW DELHI, JUL 9 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/9/2019 11:35:22 AM IST

The Parliament on Tuesday witnessed uproar over the Karnataka crisis with opposition Congress members storming the well of the House and raising slogans. The opposition parties led by Congress, including DMK and National Conference later staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha registering their protest over political developments in Karnataka.

Earlier at the start of the Zero Hour, pandemonium scenes prevailed in the House after Speaker Om Birla disallowed Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to raise the same issue.

Several opposition members trooped into the well of the House raising anti-government slogans.

Chowdhury said that the politics of “poaching” as pursued by the BJP should come to an end forthwith - a charge denied by the ruling side. For the second consecutive day, the issue was raised by Congress leader Chowdhury and

others wherein Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that his party and the government had nothing to do with the “internal matters” in the Congress party.

“It is unfortunate that they (Congress) are unable to control their own house and dragging the matter into the Lower House of Parliament and disturbing its functioning,” Rajnath Singh said.

Later, Congress president Rahul Gandhi joined those raising slogans. This is for the first time that Gandhi was seen raising slogans in the 17th Lok Sabha. “It is your duty to save democracy,” a Congress member said. Unsatisfied with the Speaker’s response, Chowdhury again tried to raise the issue. He scribbled a few slogans on a piece of paper and gave it to his fellow MPs sitting behind him, who promptly raised them. The members raised slogans like “Down with dictatorship” (Tanashahi Band Karo), “Stop the politics of poaching” (Shikar ki rajneeti Band Karo Band karo).

As members entered the Well, they continued with the sloganeering. Opposition members from other parties Indian Union of Muslim League, NCP and RSP also stood up supporting the Congress leader’s contention that he has right to raise the issue affecting

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha also witnessed protests by members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM) as soon as it reconvened at 2 p.m. following two adjournments earlier in the day. The House was adjourned within three minutes as ruckus prevailed.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who was chairing the proceedings, made repeated appeals to protesting members to return to their seats. However, as protests continued, he adjourned the Rajya Sabha for the day.

Cong seeks disqualification of rebel MLAs
A defiant Congress on Tuesday sought the disqualification of nine of the 10 rebel party legislators who have submitted their resignations from the Karnataka Assembly. “We have petitioned the Speaker (K.R. Ramesh Kumar) to disqualify 9 rebel legislators under the anti-defection law if they don’t withdraw their resignations,” Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah told reporters here.
The party has, however, not sought disqualification of senior legislator Ramalinga Reddy, hoping he would withdraw his resignation letter soon. Of the 13 rebels, including three of the ally Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), 12 resigned on July 6 while Congress MLA Anand Singh did on July 1.
“We urge the rebels to withdraw their resignations and be in the party…,” Siddaramaiah said after a two-hour long CLP meeting in the state secretariat here.
Admitting that all the rebels did not attend the CLP meeting despite informing them in advance, he alleged that they were “trapped” by the rival BJP, offering them money and minister posts for defecting. Hoping better sense would prevail in the rebels to return to the fold, Siddaramaiah said the party would issue a whip to them on Thursday to attend the 10-day monsoon session of the Assembly from July 12 and be present when the budget for 2019-20 has to be passed.
“As the BJP failed 5 times over a year to overthrow our government and return to power, it will again fail for the sixth time, as majority of our legislators are loyal to the party and will not betray it,” Siddaramaiah said. The party has also petitioned the Speaker not to accept the resignations, as they were not voluntary and genuine in accordance with the anti-defect law.
The Speaker told reporters later that he would look into the Congress’ petitions on Thursday and decide on them after hearing the rebels whom he has summoned to meet on July 12, July 15 and July 21 in three batches along with the JD-S rebels.

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