BJP seeks an apology from Kumaraswamy for ‘insulting’ Yeddyurappa

Bengaluru: After the BJP members staged a protest in the well of the House, demanding an apology from Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy for “insulting” their party chief, BS Yeddyurappa, the Assembly was adjourned without transacting any business on Thursday.

Mr Yeddyurappa while referring to the CM’s statement said it was his right to meet bank managers and talk to them and it was insulting of Mr Kumaraswamy to imply he had incited them not to cooperate with the government on the farm loan waiver.

“Your party members are staging a protest and you are making a speech. How can it become part of the proceedings?” asked the Speaker Ramesh Kumar to Mr Yeddyurappa that how he could give a speech in the House when it was not in order.

The speaker said he could not direct either opposition or ruling party members to speak in a particular way and could only erase unparliamentary words that may have been spoken.

The speaker told Mr Yeddyurappa that “If the CM had said anything objectionable, you should have used the same platform to give it back to him.”

The Speaker adjourned the House for 20 minutes when the BJP members responded by raising slogans, later after seeing that they were in no mood to relent even after it re-assembled, he adjourned it for lunch. As the BJP continued its protest post- lunch, the House adjourned for the day.

The CM stated to the reporters that “BJP members, including Mr Yeddyurappa, have used words like a bundle of lies, ‘Topi’ (for cheating) and ‘dead government.’ I have the previous records and in 1990, such words were removed from records. It is BJP members, who have to apologise.”