Bengaluru : A motion seeking the removal of controversial Karnataka Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao over an alleged extortion racket in the anti-graft ombudsman’s office involving his son will be moved in the state Assembly on November 23 with the support of the ruling Congress.

The subject was mentioned in today’s list of business, but Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa said it will be taken up on Monday as the ruling party leaders have informed him that they will also be submitting a petition in support of the motion.

“Today, the Chief Minister will not be present in the House. He will be there on Monday, so let’s take this up on Monday,” he added.

Setting the ball rolling for the removal of Rao, Opposition parties on Tuesday had petitioned the Speaker in this regard, with 46 members of BJP and 37 of JD(S) signing the plea.

In a similar act, Opposition parties had also petitioned Legislative Council Chairman seeking the removal of Lokayukta.

Agreeing to the Speaker’s decision, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar said, “It is a good move that the ruling party is also supporting the motion, it will give more strength to the process.”

With Congress too in support of the motion, it is likely to be adopted unanimously.

Rao, who has been refusing to budge despite calls for his resignation, is on a long leave since July last after his son Ashwin Rao was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with the case.

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