Congress lawmakers stay overnight in K’taka legislature to demand minister’s removal

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Noting that the governor, who is the constitutional head, should have stepped in and given instructions for Eshwarappa’s dismissal because his “comments amounted to treason”, he said, “the chief minister does not take no more action against Eshwarappa, the RSS is implementing its hidden agenda through Eshwarappa.”

Resuming the attack on Friday, Congress State Speaker DK Shivakumar told reporters there was no question of giving up on the agitation until Eshwarappa was sacked.

“Our agitation will continue. We don’t want the resignation of ‘rude’ Eshwarappa. We want the governor and chief minister to sack him,” Shivakumar told reporters.

Reacting to the request, Eshwarappa said, “Let them stay inside the assembly and the legislative council forever.”

“Let Shivakumar see what I said. I never insulted the national tricolor,” Eshwarappa said.

Eshwarappa said there was no question of him resigning for any reason, and he is a patriot who went to jail during the emergency.

“Let them protest, I won’t budge,” he said, and demanded that state congress leader Shivakumar resign, accusing him and his party of “abusing ” of the national flag to protest.

Calling the stance taken by Congress leaders as anti-people, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said protests had taken place earlier in the night at the assembly, but they were over issues of people, farmers and the interests of the state, but this is a manifestation of misinterpreting a statement.

“There is nothing wrong with Eshwarappa’s statement, there is nothing in his statement that is against the law. Since they (Congress) have no other problem, they are doing this. For the first time for no reason a night protest is taking place. , it is not a sign of a responsible opposition. They think they will gain political advantage from it, but they are wrong,” he said. .

At a time when people and the government are trying to solve problems and create a conducive atmosphere for students in schools and colleges and maintain peace, instead of working together and sending a message of unity, Congress is trying to play politics, Bommai added.

President Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri and former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tried unsuccessfully to end the deadlock on Thursday evening after meeting Siddaramaiah at the Assembly premises.

The president had rejected the adjournment motion of Congress demanding dismissal and the sedition case against Eshwarappa.

The president had also held meetings of the leaders to break the deadlock, but they were unsuccessful.

2019 was the last time lawmakers stayed in the assembly overnight. At the time, it was BJP MPs who were protesting against then-Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s delay in a vote of confidence on the floor of the House.

In 2010, congressional lawmakers staged a similar protest against the then BJP government over the issue of illegal mining.

It was in 1996, when the first night demonstration of this kind is said to have taken place in the Assembly. It was by the BJP and then against the JH Patel government over the rise in electricity tariffs.

Earlier, as soon as the Assembly reconvened for the day on Thursday, members of Congress gathered in the House well to mark their protest.

After the House paid tribute to former MP Mallur Ananda Rao, who died on February 14, Speaker Kageri resumed Question Time and members of Congress began shouting slogans demanding action against Eshwarappa, the calling it “Desha Drohi” (traitor).

Question Time was held amid shouting by members of Congress, who did not participate, despite repeated requests from the President. Slogans like – “We want justice”, “We want resignation”, “Down, down with the corrupt government”, “Eshwarappa – desha drohi”, “This government is the puppet of the RSS”, “The BJP government is anti-national flag” – among others have tainted the debates.

After Question Time, the President asked Opposition Leader Siddaramaiah to speak about the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address, but he did not speak and continued to protest from the well with lawmakers of Congress.

As the chaos continued, the Speaker adjourned the House until 3 p.m.

As members of Congress continued their protest from the assembly well, shouting slogans demanding Eshwarappa’s resignation, when he reconvened after lunch, Speaker Kageri adjourned the House for Friday.

In the Legislative Council, too, proceedings were marred by Congress’s protest with signs from the well, demanding action against Eshwarappa.

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