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Karnataka Budget: BJP Protests Create Chaos; Missing MLAs Absent

Amid alleged renewed attempts by the Opposition BJP in Karnataka to destabilise it, the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition government, which is beset with dissidence, is gearing up for a stormy Budget session of the state legislature commencing from Wednesday.

The eight-day session will begin with Governor Vajubhai Vala’s customary address to the joint sitting of the legislature.

BJP is likely to corner the government on a host of issues including the administration’s handling of the drought situation in the state, cash allegedly seized from a clerk working at a minister’s office, among others.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who also holds the finance portfolio, is scheduled to present his coalition government second budget on February 8.

Expressing doubts about budget presentation on 8 February, senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister R Ashoka has claimed that 20 to 25 disgruntled MLAs of the alliance were out of reach of their leaders and the coalition government was in a “coma.”

Also, the saffron party has said it was not averse to moving a no-confidence motion against the Kumaraswamy-led government.

In the Budget, among other things, the government is expected to make an announcement directed at the fulfilment of its loan waiver promise.

Updated: February 6, 2019 — 11:52 am
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