Bengaluru: The 10-day State legislature session is scheduled to commence on Monday with Governor Vajubhai Vala’s address to members of Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council in Vidhana Soudha at 12 noon.
Vala is likely to address the joint session in Hindi, giving insights into the achievements of the Congress government led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and its plans for the development of the State. It is Vala’s first address to joint session after he took over as Karnataka Governor in September last year.
The session is expected to be stormy as Opposition parties, the BJP and the JD(S), are likely to corner the government on various issues including deletion of valuable lands at Bangalore Development Authority’s (BDA) Arkavathi Layout, the controversial bill on taking over mutts and on the issue of revolt staged by Excise Minister Satish Jarkiholi recently.
The Chief Minister is learnt to have told AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh that he would place the documents related to Arkavathi land denotification before both Houses of the legislature in his defence.
Apart from the Arkavathi issue, the non-payment of dues by sugar factories for cane supplied by growers is also bound to haunt the government during the legislature session as the promise by the Chief Minister and Sugar Minister H. S. Mahadev Prasad of ensuring that the factories paid half the dues by December 31, 2014, has failed to materialise.
Congress and Opposition expected to go at each other.