Assembly adjourned over Swaraj's blast remarks

Assembly adjourned over Swaraj's blast remarks
Bangalore, July 29 (PTI) The Karnataka Assembly was adjourned for the day amidst pandemonium over the insinuation made by BJP leader Sushma Swaraj of a UPA conspiracy behind the Ahmedabad and Bangalore blasts to divert attention from the cash-for-vote scam.

Opposition leader M Malikarjun Kharge (Cong), who tried to raise the issue after H D Kumaraswamy (JD-S) concluded his speech on the discussion on budget, sought time from Speaker Jagadish Shettar to make his preliminary submission.

His plea was objected to by BJP leader and Energy Minister K S Eshwarappa who argued that the issue could not be discussed since Swaraj was not a member of the House.

He also pleaded with the chair not to allow a discussion on the issue as it would set a bad precedent and convert the House into a political platform.

Arguments and counter-arguments followed between the treasury benches and Congress members and the Speaker adjourned the house for ten minutes.

When the House reassembled, Kharge made another attempt to raise the issue. Again, Eshwarappa and other BJP members raised objections. The House witnessed noisy scenes and angry exchanges.

In the meanwhile, the Speaker said he had already given his ruling on the issue to be raised by Kharge that it could not be discussed in the House and said he had also received a letter from Kharge requesting him to reconsider his ruling.

After quoting certain sections from the rules, Shettar announced that the issue could not be reconsidered as Kharge had raised the issue in the zero hour which did not come under any rule.

Shettar also appealed to both the sides to treat this matter as closed and allow the House to go ahead with the debate on the budget.

At his stage, certain remarks made by Esharappa against Kharge evoked loud protests and slogan shouting by Congress members, who trooped into the well of the house demanding apology from the minister.

The Speaker announced that the remarks made by the Minister had been expunged and appealed to the members to withdraw their dharna and allow discussion to continue.

When his request was not being heeded by the opposition members, the speaker adjourned the house for day.

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