In a tumultuous session, Karnataka Assembly pushes through significant legislation, including the Karnataka Stamps (Amendment) Bill, without any debates. Explore the details of the bills and the uproar in the legislative house.

Chaos in Karnataka Assembly as Five Bills Pass Sans Discussion

Amidst uproar and chaos from the Opposition, the Karnataka Assembly managed to pass five crucial Bills, including the Karnataka Stamps (Amendment) Bill, without any deliberation.

Unruly Scenes Unfold in Assembly

As the proceedings commenced, members of the BJP and JD(S) initiated a protest against Minister B Z Zameer Ahmed, citing objections to his remarks on the Speaker’s chair. The chaotic scene led to legislators walking into the Well of the House, demanding action against Ahmed. Despite attempts by Assembly Speaker U T Khader and Congress leaders to pacify members for a discussion on the Bills, the efforts proved futile.

Bills Passed Without Debate

The government proceeded to table the Karnataka Stamps (Amendment) Bill without engaging in debates or discussions. The bill aims to escalate stamp duty rates on various documents, with a projected increase in annual revenue by Rs 1,500 crore.

Other Key Bills on the Table

In addition to the Karnataka Stamps (Amendment) Bill, the government introduced the Goods Service Tax (GST) Bill. This bill aims to replace an existing ordinance, incorporating changes influenced by the amendment of the Central GST (Amendment) Act, 2023.

The Candidates Completed Medical Courses (Amendment) Bill was also tabled, exempting MBBS graduates from mandatory rural service obligations upon their selection for Central or State Government positions.

Legislative Response to Court Directive

The Karnataka Gram Swaraj and Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill, introduced to set population limits for the wards of taluk and zilla panchayats, facilitating timely elections, was also presented. These bills were brought in response to a directive from the Karnataka High Court.

Development Commitment: Karavali Development Board Bill, 2023

Finally, the Assembly approved the Karavali Development Board Bill, 2023, fulfilling a promise made by the Congress government in its manifesto. The bill outlines plans to launch projects and schemes for the development of coastal Karnataka.

Conclusion: Legislative Turmoil and Policy Implications

The session’s chaotic nature raises questions about the implications of passing significant bills without due discussions. The bills cover a range of topics, from tax amendments to medical course requirements, reflecting the diverse challenges faced by the state.

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