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Karnataka MLAs slam clubs for practicing dress-code

Bangalore(PTI): Karnataka Legislative Assembly today decided to constitute a House committee to look into the affairs of clubs as members slammed the “dress code” being practiced by them dubbing it a “colonial hang-over”.

A Manju, who raised the issue, and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah (both Congress) slammed clubs who refuse entry to those who wear chappals and dhoti and sought a House committee to look into their affairs.

They found swift support from Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar, who said some prestigious clubs are yet to come out “colonial hang-over” as he criticised their dress-code.

Minister for Cooperation B J Puttaswamy said there are 2,315 clubs in Karnataka and the Government had given land for 37 of them. Manju alleged the clubs were using part of their premises for commercial purposes in violation of the Karnataka Societies Act under which they have been registered and added that government should get 50 per cent of their revenues.

Siddaramaiah sharply criticised clubs practicing dress code as being “shameful”. He called for constitution of a House committee to see if the clubs are being run as per the act and for the purpose they started and auditing of accounts, among others.

It was also noted that some clubs were in fact started after the Britishers denied entry to Indians, including the Century Club here, a brain-child of Sir M Visveshwaraya.

Speaker K G Bopaiah announced that a House committee would be constituted.

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