Bengaluru: The Congress’ claim that RDPR Minister K. S. Eshwarappa was involved in the death of a Bajrang Dal activist in Shivamogga created chaos in the Council, forcing the proceedings to be adjourned until Tuesday February 22.
In the midst of the uproar, the State Government introduced two bills in the Upper House.
The Chairman of the Council Basavaraj Horatti requested that the members allow for a smooth running of the session on Monday morning. “Eshwarappa’s statement on the national flag, is a closed chapter,” said floor leader Kota Srinivas Poojari.
Opposition leader B. K. Hariprasad said that a former Bajrang Dal member was killed in Shivamogga, and that his mother had written to the Shivamogga SP two years ago stating that her son was not a Bajrang Dal member. “Eshwarappa has said that Muslim goondas have murdered the youth. How can the Minister make such a remark when the police investigation has only just begun? Eshwarappa has got this murder done,” he added.
Hariprasad claimed Eshwarappa did it to deflect attention away from the national flag issue, for which the Congress is calling for his resignation.
Following Hariprasad’s remark, Congress members stormed the well of the House, demanding Eshwarappa’s arrest, and the proceedings were adjourned till the afternoon.
While Hariprasad was adamant that the protest would not end until their demand was satisfied, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J. C. Madhuswamy questioned why the Congress MLCs were wasting the House’s time when they had other choices, such as going to court. The House was adjourned while the chaos continued.