Karnataka Congress MLA suspended for 7 days after he removes shirt in protest in assembly

Karnataka Congress MLA suspended for 7 days after he removes shirt in protest in assembly

Congress MLA BK Sangamesh was suspended from the Karnataka legislative assembly till March 12 for his ‘indecent’ and ‘disrespectful’ conduct after he removed his shirt in assembly premises to mark his protest.

The Congress members were protesting against a discussion on ‘One Nation, One Election’ when Sangamesh, who was just next to the Speaker’s podium, removed his shirt and put it on his shoulder while shouting slogans.

Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri took strong exception to BK Sangamesh’s conduct. “What are you doing…Siddaramaiah (Leader of Opposition) your party ruled for long, look at the way your members are conducting, is this the way to behave? This will not bring respect to anyone. This kind of indiscipline cannot be tolerated,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar and other party members urged Sangamesh to wear the shirt back.

Warning stern action against Sangamesh, Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri said his conduct was disrespectful to the people of Bhadravathi, the constituency he represents.

“Is this the way to behave? Are you on the streets? Has the House become a joke for you? If you oppose something, express it from your place, your conduct is disrespectful and irresponsible,” he said before adjourning the House for 15 minutes.

As the House reassembled, the Speaker initiated the process for action against Sangamesh saying he cannot tolerate such conduct.

Following this, Karnataka Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai moved a motion to suspend the Congress MLA for a period of seven days, which was adopted by a voice vote.

News Source: India Today

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