Morning visuals after Congress MLAs slept-over in the Karnataka Assembly. The Congress was demanding sacking of minister KS Eshwarappa and charges of sedition to be slapped against him for his hugely controversial statement about replacing the national flag with a saffron one.
The opposition have stalled proceedings in the assembly for the last two days to protest against the matter.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, and former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tried to convince Leader of Opposition and Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah yesterday but without breakthrough.
“We tried to convince the opposition party leaders for around two hours. We told them to not sleep here in the assembly. But they have already decided. Speaker also tried to convince. We have tried our best but they did not agree. We will try to convince them tomorrow also,” Mr Yediyurappa said.
The controversy erupted after Mr Eshwarappa said last week that the ‘Bhagwa dhwaj’ (saffron flag) may become the national flag sometime in the future and it may be raised from the Red Fort then.