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Congress to boycott Om Birla’s address to joint sitting of Karnataka Legislature

Congress leader D K Shivakumar said that his party will not attend the address as there is no provision for anyone other than the President or the Governor to address the state’s legislators.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |
Updated: September 25, 2021 8:48:51 am
Karnataka Congress, D K Shivakumar, K SiddaramaiahFormer Karnataka chief minister K Siddaramaiah and KPCC president D K Shivakumar address the media outside Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. (Twitter/@DKShivakumar)

The Congress party in Karnataka is likely to boycott an address by the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla for the state’s legislators on Friday afternoon.

Congress leader D K Shivakumar said that his party will not attend the address as there is no provision for anyone other than the President or the Governor to address the state’s legislators. Shivakumar added that it was planned without even consulting the Opposition.

The Congress leader said the move had been opposed by the party at a business advisory council meeting during the ongoing legislature session.

The special address to a joint session of the legislature has been organised on the last day of the session. The Congress party in Karnataka has used the current session to highlight issues like the rise in prices of fuel, LPG and other essential items. The party has planned to stage a protest by traveling to the Assembly on horse carts on Friday morning.

Leaders had even travelled on bullock carts and cycles to protest against the rise in fuel prices.

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