The chairman of the Karnataka legislative council was manhandled and dragged off his chair in unprecedented scenes today in a one-day sitting.
In a video, members of the council are seen surrounding the Chair and Deputy chairperson Bhojegowda of the Janata Dal Secular was forced out of his seat.
It was always going to be a tense session, with the BJP wanting to remove the Chairman of the Council – and the Congress resisting that demand.
The Legislative Council was called five days after it was adjourned indefinitely.
The winter session of the Karnataka legislature was originally scheduled between December 7 and 15. It was, however, cut short.
The ruling BJP wanted a no-confidence motion against the council chairman, K Prathapachandra Shetty, who had adjourned the house ahead of schedule.
The Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter And Cattle Preservation Bill 2020 is pending before the council.
The combined number of the Congress and JDS members in the council is more than the ruling BJP. The opposition parties have made it clear they will not support the government over the legislation.
The Congress, which had boycotted the last day of the assembly session over the tabling of the Cow Protection Bill, will attend the council session.