To avoid poaching, Cong, JD(S) MLAs in Hyd ahead of floor test

A large group of MLAs belonging to the Congress and JD(s) reached Hyderabad in three buses on Friday morning amid fears of poaching by the BJP in an attempt to cobble up its numbers, especially in light of the Supreme Court ordering the floor test to be held at 4pm on Saturday where the Yeddurappa government will have to prove it majority on the floor of the House. The MLAs were put up at a five-star hotel at Banjara Hills. Local police arranged elaborate security arrangements at the hotel. Rooms…

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Cong, NC protest as locals not hired for Z-Morh tunnel work

The issue of non-engagement of local technocrats and skilled labourers in the construction work of the Z-Morh tunnel at Sonmarg led to noisy scenes and a virtual confrontation between Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu and National Conference (NC) leader Mian Altaf Ahmad in the Assembly today. Senior NC member and former minister Mian Altaf walked out of the House in protest over the use of “unparliamentary language” by Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu while replying to the former’s calling attention motion. Members of the NC and Congress also joined the walkout. “A…

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