The 10 day last session of the ruling Congress government came to a conclusion on Friday. The Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill 2017, the Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017 and Karnataka Extension of Consequential Seniority to Government Servants Promoted on the Basis of Reservation (To the posts in the Civil Services of the State) Bill, 2017 were passed, along with certain major decisions taken. Protests, dharnas, walk outs and heated arguments were also witnessed. However, in the 10 days of the assembly sessions only 40 hours of proceedings were recorded, reported Kannada Prabha.
It was expected that issues relating to north Karnataka would be debated but only 4 MLAs took part in the discussions in assembly and in the legislative council only 25 MLCs participated. Not only the legislators of the southern and coastal Karnataka but also the north Karnataka legislators showed disinterest in the sessions. The first day of the session witnessed the strike by private doctors casting its shadow on the proceedings. The entire week it managed to cause concern to the government. BJP demanded resignation of Urban Development Minister K J George in connection with the suicide of DySP Ganapathi but the State Government stood its ground and brushed aside BJP’s demand.
Unlike the previous legislative sessions the protests outside the Suvarna Soudha was less, except the private doctors’ strike. The only other scams that caused flutter in the assembly was the allegation against Minister Vinay Kulkarni in connection with Yogesh Gowda’s murder and the NICE misappropriation. JD(S) brought up the NICE issue but failed to take it to a logical end.
The anti-superstition bill that was in dispute since 4 years was passed without much opposition. The State Government protected the welfare of the SC employees by passing the promotion bill. The private medical bill also saw some modifications and lost some of its teeth but still it was a victory to the government.