When lawmakers heard — or were forced to hear — the voice of Karnataka

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BySouth First Desk

Published Jan 03, 2023 | 8:21 PM Updated Apr 11, 2023 | 5:59 PM

Karnataka Assembly Winter Session in progress.

Lawmakers in Karnataka — including those from the ruling BJP — will probably be a little less happy than usual after the Winter Session in Belagavi.

After all, they missed out on their annual “tradition” of a free weekend at nearby tourist destinations of their during the session.

Lawmakers across the country usually think of the Winter Session as a low-workload time, and often do not get much legislative or political work done.

And Karnataka, which witnesses a two-week Winter Session in Belagavi every year, was no different.

However, this time activists, the masses, and even many local senior BJP leaders reprimanded the lawmakers for whiling away the weekend of the session at tourist destinations, including Goa.

They instead demanded that the lawmakers visit the surrounding districts and listen to the grievances of the people of North Karnataka.

Fearing protests, the ministers and other elected members called off their weekend tour plans and visited either their respective Assembly segments or neighbouring districts of Belagavi.

Now that’s what we call “people power”!