Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister JC Madhuswamy has expressed regret over the suspension of members of Congress, including opposition leader SR Patil, on December 15 in the Karnataka Legislative Council.
Addressing the Council on December 16, Mr Madhuswamy said the ruling party should not have moved the resolution calling for members of Congress to be suspended when the House was not in order. “We regret the move. It shouldn’t have happened,” he said.
He was responding to Mr. Patil’s remarks that for the first time the Leader of the Opposition had been suspended from the Council. “Members of Congress did not go to the well to challenge the President’s decision on the request to debate the alleged land grab by a minister and a lawmaker. But we wanted the chief minister to sack the accused minister,” he said.
Legislative Council Speaker Basavaraj Horatti had suspended SR Patil and other members of Congress on December 15 when they held a dharna on alleged land grabbing by Minister BA Basavaraj and MLC R. Shankar.
Forward to CM
Mr Madhuswamy said he would forward the opposition party’s demand for action against the minister to the Chief Minister.
Congress withdrew the dharna when the House reconvened after the lunch break.