Bengaluru: The Karnataka Assembly had met for the monsoon session earlier in September under the rising COVID-19 cases in the state.

As many as 60 MLAs including seven ministers were quarantined after the sessions. However, proceedings were curtailed to six days instead of the originally planned eight days on account of large absenteeism in the 224-member Assembly.

Now, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly will meet for the winter session from December 7 to 15, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister JC Madhuswamy said on Wednesday.

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Earlier last month, leader of opposition Siddaramaiah had demanded a special session to discuss rain-related havoc and relief granted for the same to people in north Karnataka.

 "Farmers are miserable due to floods during the last few months. They have lost their houses and cattle. The chief minister of Karnataka should immediately convene an assembly session to discuss the same," Siddaramaiah had said.

Back in September, undergoing RT-PCR test for COVID-19, 72 hours prior to the start of the monsoon session was said to be mandatory for all those attending the assembly session.

The Press gallery had been shifted to the visitors’ gallery and all necessary arrangements for media personnel had been made.

The assembly premises and surrounding areas were sanitised and cleaned regularly, and all those attending were let inside after their body temperature is checked.