Bangalore: 'Government work is god's work' are the historical words inscribed on the Vidhana Soudha or the Karnataka assembly. But this year, Karnataka MLAs managed just 31 days of the Almighty's work.
Worse, some of the scenes played out in the assembly would put any legislator to shame, from MLAs tearing their clothes and fighting inside the assembly during the trust vote to opposition MLAs eating and sleeping inside the lobby in protest of illegal mining. An action packed year no doubt, but no actual work was completed.
"You know very well the reason, the Opposition have not cooperated since the assembly sessions began," said Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.
But 2010 has not been the worst year at Vidhana Soudha. That dubious honour goes to the MLAs of 1971 who managed just 4 days of work. In 1989, it was 21 days. But this assembly session was unique in that 16 MLAs were disqualified.
"The present BJP government has no faith in discussions and legislature. They want to avoid discussions, they are scared that if discussions happen, then the truth of all the scams that these BJP MLAs are involved in will be exposed," said Congress leader RV Deshpande.
Just like in the Indian parliament, the leading roles in the standoff are being played by the Congress and the BJP, except that the roles are reversed in Karnataka.
The BJP government maintains a session will be convened after the panchayat polls but will any work take place then, or will the money of the tax payers be once again wasted?