The winter joint session of the State Legislative Assembly at Belagavi, termed as the second capital of the State, is showing all signs of becoming a political convention with both Congress and BJP all geared up to dissect each other with allegations and counter allegations. With this, it is to be seen if the issues relating to North Karnataka will be discussed and solutions arrived at, or like always go unmentioned disappointing the locals, reports Kannada Prabha.
This is the last and final session of the Siddaramaiah government. For several reasons this has gained major significance. All the three parties are geared up for the forthcoming poll. BJP and JD(S) have already started their Yatras travelling across the State campaigning. Ruling Congress is starting its Yatra in December. The north Karnataka legislators should urge for debating issues related to north Karnataka and push for resolutions but there are slim chances of it as there is no forceful determination exhibited by them, as usual.
Opposition BJP has already stated that it will demand the resignation or expulsion of Urban Development Minister KJ George in connection with the FIR filed against him in the DySP Ganapathi’s suicide case. However, BJP may not resort to disrupting the session as it may send a wrong signal to the north Karnataka region. Hence BJP leaders may be cautious. Along with this, BJP may also raise the issue of IT raid on Congress leaders. If not directly attack on this, BJP may mention the IT raid while debating other issues. There is also an expectation that the separate religion status for Lingayat may be raked up and heavy debate may ensue.
Congress is not sitting idle if BJP attempts to rake up Ganapathi suicide. It is all set to mention the power scam allegedly involving Shobha Karandlaje and other issues. It is interesting to watch if the report of the joint legislative committee regarding power scam will be a hurdle or will be used as a means for political give and take. Several other major bills like The Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practice and Black Magic Bill 2017, The Karnataka Repealing of Certain Enactment Bill 2017, The Karnataka Extension of Consequential Seniority to Government Servants Promoted on The Basis of Reservation Bill 2017 and The Karnataka Appropriation Bill 2017 etc are also expected to be tabled at the session.
In the next ten days, it will be seen if the legislators will seriously debate about issues or will look more towards their respective constituencies in view of the forth coming elections.