Carlton House, Bangalore to become Constitution Club for MLAs

BENGALURU: If everything goes according to the plan, the sprawling Carlton House in the heart of Bengaluru will soon turn into a recreation club– Constitution Club for Karnataka legislators.

The executive committee of the Constitution Club appointed by legislative assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa on Monday sought to occupy Carlton House, which is a heritage building presently housing the CID office. Based on the committee’s suggestion, Thimmappa has reportedly directed the state government to take measures to shift the CID office and facilitate the setting up of the club at the earliest

On Monday, the committee comprising 8-10 members visited the premises of the Bharat Scouts and Guides office located on Palace Road which was identified as an alternative site for construction of Constitution Club for legislators. But they were not impressed.

“The Committee found that the premises of Bharat Scouts and Guides was not an ideal place to set up Constitution Club for two reasons. Firstly, the space is not quite enough since we have plans to develop the club on the lines of one in Delhi with facilities such as library, seminar hall and media centre besides having the recreation zone. Secondly, Bharat Scouts and guides has significant historical background than the Carlton House,” said BJP MLA C T Ravi, one of the members of the committee justifying their decision.

Ravi said they felt Carlton House was an ideal place since it had been the Legislator Home (LH) in 1951-52. “If Carlton House can house a CID office, why not a legislator club,” he asked.

Earlier, the legislators attempt to take over the historic Balabrooie Guest House to set up the Constitution Club was met with stiff resistance forcing the state government to drop its plan.

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