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B'luru: 7 MLAs stay off session, Congress’s on edge

BENGALURU: The Congress, ruling coalition partners with the JD(S), discovered itself in a spot after rebel legislators defied a whip and stayed away + from a stormy opening day of the budget consultation of the legislature on Wednesday.

Seven MLAs, together with the 4 reportedly holed up in Mumbai, stayed away from court cases and their absence performed well into the BJP contributors’ arms, who, fairly than move a no-confidence motion, selected to disrupt governor Vajubhai R Vala’s standard cope with to each homes of the legislature.

As soon as Vala started his cope with in Hindi, BJP contributors entered the neatly of the House and started shouting slogans. They urged the governor to not ship his cope with, alleging that the government lacked majority since at least a dozen Congress MLAs were absent.

Vala pleaded with them to take their seats until he finished his cope with, but there was no let-up in the ruckus. The governor heeded an offer from speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and jumped to the final paragraph on page 22 of the speech. He concluded his cope with in simply 10 mins. Soon after, Kumar declared the cope with as deemed to were read.

Congress leaders who met over a dinner determined to suspend two rebel MLAs on Friday if they didn't turn up for the CLP assembly.

The BJP, too, was no longer without worries. BS Yeddyurappa was noticed studying a discount with the names of three MLAs absent on Wednesday. One title was that of G Karunakara Reddy, who is claimed to be able to switch events.

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