The Karnataka legislative assembly on Tuesday witnessed an uproar after legislators from the opposition BJP and JDS accused the Congress government of discriminating against them in the construction of government houses in their constituencies.
The issue of the bias towards regions represented by Congress legislators in allotment of houses under the Vajpayee urban housing scheme and the Basava housing schemes was raised by the BJP’s leader in the state legislature Jagadish Shettar on Tuesday during zero hour.
Shettar said the Congress government alloted 7200 houses between March 4, 2014 and June 5, 2014 under the Vajpayee housing scheme but the allotments were concentrated in 15 constituencies represented by Congress legislators. The leader of the opposition further said that the government had alloted 42,800 houses between March 4 and June 5, 2014 under the Basava housing scheme and the allotments were concentrated in 86 assembly constituencies represented by Congress legislators.
Shettar questioned the house allotments by the Siddaramaiah government to only Congress constituencies and asked whether other legislators were not elected representatives of the people.
Housing minister in the Congress government, film star M H Ambareesh in his reply admitted that the government had alloted the houses on a first cum first serve basis and also pointed out the housing ministry was only following practices put in place by previous BJP and JDS governments.
The reply by the housing minister resulted in an uproar in the house with the opposition trooping into the well of the house to stage a protest and demanding a proper reply by the minister.
After a couple of adjournments of the house the housing minister M H Ambareesh made a statement promising allotment of 15 lakh houses to all constituencies in the state over the next five years. Following the statement the opposition withdrew its protests on the floor of the house.