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Karnataka legislature bears brunt of political mayhem

April 30, 2013 15:01 IST

The last five years in Karnataka politics were marred by dissidence, confusion and instability.

Not surprisingly, despite an impressive attendance record of 81 per cent, the state assembly convened for only 144 days in the last five years.

The data compiled by PRS Legislative Research shows that during the last five years, the Karnataka assembly worked for 144 days, at an average of only 31 days each year.

Even the current Lok Sabha, termed the most unproductive one in the history of Indian democracy, worked for an average of 68 days per year.

The Kerala assembly sat for an average of 50 days, the Haryana assembly for 13 days and the Rajasthan assembly for 24 days.

Despite the tumultuous record, some legislators registered more than 90 per cent attendance. MLAs Aihole Duryodhan Mahalingappa, Bellad Chandrakant Gurappa and G Shivanna recorded 99 per cent attendance.

Some significant bills that the Karnataka assembly managed to pass during this term were the Karnataka Guarantee of Services to Citizens Bill and the Karnataka Ground Water (Regulation and Control of Development and Management) Bill.  The assembly also passed the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill.

Vicky Nanjappa