Karnataka assembly stalled for the second consecutive day on donationgate

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For the second straight day of the budget session, the Karnataka assembly was stalled due to donationgate diary scandal.

Taking off from where they had left, the BJP staged a dharna inside the well of the house claiming they were being denied an opportunity to raise the donation gate diary issue which involved the abbreviations of names of sitting Congress ministers.

The chair, speaker K B Koliwad maintained that the diary content could not be discussed as a point of order on the diary being "inconsequential", which was raised by the government, was accepted and the permission to discuss the matter was withdrawan.

The house was adjourned briefly and a meeting of the floor leaders was called for by Koliwad.
BJP MLAs claimed that such has been the adverse effect on the Congress government, that chief minister Siddaramaiah and senior congress ministers like K R Ramesh Kumar appealed vociferously to drop the subject and move on to the discussions over the state budget 2017-18.

The house reconvened, only to be stalled by the agitating BJP MLAs and adjourned till Monday.
Later, speaking to the media, opposition leader Jagadish Shettar reiterate that there was a gross procedural lapse from the speaker, who was allegedly influenced by the government to withdraw the consent given to discuss the diary which was seized from MLC Govindraju's home during an I-T raid in 2016.

Meanwhile, giving more ammunition to the BJP for next week, Speaker Koliwad has rejected the appeal for an adjournment motion to discuss the severe drought in the state as a separate topic.

"The speaker has rejected our adjournment motion to have a detailed and in-depth discussion on the on-going severe drought in the state and has asked to speak on the subject during the budget discussions. When we raise the issue of corruption and diary which speaks of donation to the high command, the chief minister asked us pointedly to not waste time and speak on the drought in the state.And when we move an adjournment motion to speak on the matter, it is denied. The administration has malafied intentions of not discussing topics of public interest," said Shettar.

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