Bengaluru: Bharatiya Janata Party members staged a dharna in the Legislative Council on Thursday demanding an immediate clarification on the new pension scheme announced by the government, which however sought time to provide it.
Responding to a query on the scheme by Mr Arun Shahpur and S V Sankanur of the BJP, Chairman Basavaraja Horatti said the state government had sought time to reply, but the saffron party members took strong objection to the delay.
As ruling party members jumped to the defence of the government, pointing out that it only wanted more time to reply to the query, a wordy duel followed, ending in the BJP members trooping into the well of the House.
When they continued to hit out at the government, ruling party leader Jayamala said they could not participate in the proceedings from the well of the House and urged the Chairman to give a ruling on the matter.
In response Mr Horatti warned the BJP members that they would be removed from the House if they continued to violate its rules. But the BJP members contended that with the budget session ending on Thursday, they could not wait longer for the reply and would call off their dharna if the government promised to provide it during the post-lunch session.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister N Mahesh, however, promised to respond to the BJP members' apprehensions about the scheme in 10 days. While this did not satisfy them, the BJP legislators resumed their seats after Mr Horatti directed the minister to call a meeting on the issue on Friday and address their concerns....