Bangalore: Against the backdrop of opposition parties boycotting the House Committee set up to probe into three former Ministers pornogate scandal, Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Friday met Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah.

Gowda and Bopaiah held one-on-one discussion on the matter for about 20 minutes keeping their aides away at the Speaker's office.

Later talking to reporters, Gowda decried the Congress and JDS stand of not participating in the House committee probe and slammed their action as an attempt to "run away" from discharging their responsibilities.

"The Speaker has set up the committee in accordance with the rules of the House. Boycotting it would amount to setting up a bad precedent. Let opposition members make their view point in the committee", Gowda said.

The Congress has no issue to take up against BJP government and that party was trying to use the sleazy clippings viewing as a weapon against the government, he charged.

On Thursday, Bopaiah announced a seven member committee to inquire into watching the sleazy clippings by Laxman Savadi and C C Patil in the House and also against Krishna Palemar, accused of giving his mobile in which the clippings had been stored.
Gowda indicated that the ministry expansion he planned would be delayed in the wake of the Election Commission announcing bypoll to the Udupi-Chimagalur Lok Sabha seat being held on March 18.

The presentation of the state's annual 2012-13 budget scheduled for first week would also be postponed, he said.

Meanwhile, the state cabinet has decided to present the budget presentation on March 21.