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Legislators take oath, in Bellary magnate’s name

Four BJP MLAs create a flutter during the swearing in session by taking oath "in the name of G. Janardhan Reddy", a mining magnate of Bellary, reports BR Srikanth.
Hindustan Times | By BR Srikanth, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2008 12:52 AM IST

The Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa wore his lucky charm – a green shawl gifted by Sri Shivakumar Swamy, the seer of Siddaganga math, Tumkur – when he took oath as member of the Karnataka legislative assembly on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister repeated his oath "in the name of farmer and God" when he sworn in a member of the legislative assembly by pro-tem speaker KG Bopaiah, on Wednesday. He was the first legislator to take oath followed by Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress legislature party.

However, some BJP members caused a flutter during the swearing in session. Four of them, including minister B. Sriramulu, B. Nagendra, Nemiraj Nayak and G. Somashekar Reddy, embarrassed their leaders by taking oath "in the name of G. Janardhan Reddy", a mining magnate of Bellary and member of the legislative council. All these legislators were elected to the legislative assembly from various seats in Bellary district. Besides, B. Suresh Gowda, also BJP, took oath in the name of Sri Shivakumar Swamy and Yeddyurappa.

Irked by these legislators, Kharge said their oath was in violation of norms and procedures of the legislative assembly. His objection was however overruled by Bopaiah.

In all, 202 of the 224 members took oath today. The others, including former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and his elder brother H D Revanna, will take oath on Thursday.

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