The extended budget session of the Karnataka Legislature will begin tomorrow amid renewed dissidence in the ruling BJP by those denied ministerial berth and their threat to rock the proceedings.

The session, slated to last till this month-end and convened to get the nod for budget, is going to be an acid test for the ruling BJP because of speculation that its dissidents might defeat the Finance Bills to vent their anger.

The new Chief Minister, Mr Jagadish Shettar, sworn in last week at the head of a full-fledged Ministry, will have a daunting task of defending his government from Opposition Congress and JDS, which will grill it on a host of issues, including tardy relief work in drought-hit areas, besides keeping his flock together.

The Opposition parties have geared up to attack the government on the recent revolt in BJP that culminated in a change of guard and its impact on administrative machinery at a time when the State faced unprecedented scarcity conditions because of monsoon failure.

The High Court’s recent rap on the government for the delay in appointing the Lokayukta is also expected to be debated.

Issues such as private unaided schools declining to implement the Right to Education Act provisions, the ongoing week-long strike by schools besides the Governor, Mr H.R. Bhardwaj’s comments over the BJP Ministry accommodating ‘tainted’ persons are also expected to be raised.

The MLAs and MPs from the State will also be exercising their ballot tomorrow in the Presidential election for which the authorities have made arrangements.

(This article was published on July 18, 2012)
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