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BJP demands resignation of CM’s close aide
The major Opposition BJP on Tuesday stalled the ongoing Winter Session of the House demanding resignation of a close aide of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Bengaluru Development Minister KG George over CBI case relating to the death of MK Ganapathy, a senior police official.
As Speaker KB Koliwad rejected the BJP’s adjournment notice on the ground that the matter was pending before the CBI and there was no failure on part of the Government on the issue, BJP members marched into the well of the House, raising slogans seeking George’s resignation.
The House witnessed heated debate over charges and counter-charges between Congress and BJP members and BJP demanding George’s resignation until the CBI probe is completed. The Government rejected the demand and accused the BJP of playing politics on the issue. Ahead of Assembly polls Karnataka is crucial for both the parties and this will become a major issue.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah defended his colleague George and comedown heavily on opposition BJP for stalling the house . He alleged that the party was using the issue for "propaganda” and BJP was not interested in discussion on issues related to State.
It may be recalled that Deputy SP Ganapathy (51) was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a room of a lodge in Madikeri in Kodagu district on July 7 last year, with the mystery surrounding it raising a political huge controversy. Prior to the alleged suicide, Ganapathy had, in an interview to a local TV channel said that the then Home Minister George and two senior police officers AM Prasad and Pranab Mohanty would be responsible "if anything happens to me."
George had resigned soon after a court directed the police to register an FIR against him and the two police officers. However soon after the investigation Karnataka CID, had given a clean chit to George and the officers in closure report filed before a court in Madikeri.
Later he was re-inducted into cabinet by Siddaramaiah. But the Supreme Court, in September, ordered a CBI probe into the case and asked the probe agency to file a status report on the investigation within three months.
As the House met for the day today, Opposition BJP leader Jagadish Shettar raised the issue and told the Speaker about his adjournment notice. The speaker said he would allow preliminary submission only after the question hour. Raising the issue after the question hour, Shettar said there was "suspicion" whether Ganapathy's death was a murder or suicide.
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister TB Jayachandra accused the BJP of raising the matter only for the "sake of politics" and said there were several issues that needed to be discussed on priority. In the melee speaker Koliwad adjourned the house for Wednesday.
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