Amidst Corona, Karnataka Assembly session to take place
Amidst Corona, Karnataka Assembly session to take place

Slowly, political activities are coming into operations after this pandemic. An eight-day monsoon session of the Karnataka legislature will begin on Monday under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will begin amid fantastic safety measures and confinements, as several Ministers and legislators have been tested positive for the infection. The session is likely to be agitated with the opposition eyeing to corner the BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government on a multitude of issues, including management of the pandemic, which has affected over 5.11 lakh people in the state.

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The leading opposition party, Congress, has also decided to raise issues such as the DJ Halli violence, drugs scandal, law and order situation and the state's financial situation during the session, slated to conclude on September 30, Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri has made it compulsory for all, including members, officers, staff and journalists, to undergo RT-PCR test for COVID-10, 72 hours prior to the start of the session. As per the legislature secretariat, both the assembly and the Legislative Council will meet at 11 am. The session had to be collected before September 23 in view of the Constitutional provision that the legislature has to meet at least once in six months.

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The budget session was cut short and postponed sine die on March 24 in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak with the state reporting 41 positive cases and one death at the time. As of September 19, cumulatively 5,11,346 COVID-19 positive cases have been verified in the state, which includes 7,922 deaths and 4,04,841 discharges. As part of preventive measures in the legislature, seats of members are separated by transparent shields. Attendees will also have to wear face shields and follow the preventive measures for coronavirus.

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