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‘Governor cutting short address unheard of in Karnataka’

Vala just read out two pages of his speech amidst pandemonium and shouting by BJP members and abruptly ended his speech


Ruckus broke out in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, resulting in Governor Vajubhai Vala cutting short his speech. Vala just read out two pages of his speech amidst pandemonium and shouting by BJP members and abruptly ended his speech.

It is quite unprecedented in Karnataka, observers say.

The former Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs and former Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, M.C. Nanaiah, said: “In the last four decades of my political career, I have not seen a Governor cutting short his speech following pandemonium in the House.”

Calling it a “pre-meditated strategy of the BJP”, he said that important points raised in the Governor’s address — including loan waiver scheme of the coalition government which Prime Minister Narendra Modi described as “lollipop” — went unheard. “This is nothing but a fraud,” he regretted.

State president of Janata Dal (Secular) A.H. Vishwanath also said: “I have not witnessed such an incident in the Legislature in my political career.”

The ruckus, he said, is a testimony to the scant respect the party had for democracy and principles of the Constitution.

However, defending the party’s move in the Assembly, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly B.S. Yeddyurappa said “it was an attempt stall the government’s false promises through the Governor’s address.”

Addressing the media,  Yeddyurappa justified their action and said law and order had completely collapsed in the State and legislators of the coalition partners were fighting each other in public. Some of the Congress legislators were not ready to accept Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister.

“The absence of legislators to the session is a testimony on  Kumaraswamy not enjoying the support and confidence of Congress legislators. Under the circumstances, it is not right for the government to extend false promises to the people through the Governor,” he added.