fears central rule in Karnataka, writes to president
Monday May 16, 2011 07:58:04 AM,
Bangalore: Karnataka's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) late Sunday said it apprehends that
Governor H.R. Bhardwaj has sought the dismissal of its government
here and urged President Pratibha Patil to reject "the
"We apprehend from media reports and activities of opposition
parties that the governor might have recommended dismissal of our
government," BJP spokesperson and former union minister V.
Dhananjaya Kumar told reporters.
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa shot off a letter to Patil
asserting "there is no constitutional crisis in the state".
He also said that he "enjoys majority in the assembly" and hence
Patil should not accept Bhardwaj's recommendations.
The governor's office late Sunday released a one-line communique
stating Bhardwaj had sent "a special report" to the central
government on the developments following the May 13 Supreme Court
verdict restoring membership of 16 rebel law makers.
Of the 16, 11 were from BJP and five Independents.
The communique said: "In the context of recent judgment of the
Hon'ble Supreme Court in the matter of disqualification of MLAs
delivered on 13.05.2011 and its implication to the developments in
the State, His Excellency the Governor of Karnataka has submitted
a special report to Government of India this evening."
In New Delhi, the BJP said it will not take "lying down any gross
unconstitutionality" in the state.
"It is entirely motivated and against constitutional norms.
Therefore, we expect the central government to decline the request
of governor. We are waiting for response of the central
government," BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.
He said that the governor had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
during his visit to the national capital and the BJP was keenly
watching the developments.
The BJP fears that Bhardwaj wants the assembly to be suspended and
the state brought under central rule.
In Bangalore, the governor's communique came after BJP leader
Dhananjaya Kumar told reporters at Raj Bhavan that the governor
had "accepted the support letters" of 10 of the 11 BJP rebel
lawmakers. The 11th legislator has refused to support Yeddyuappa.
The 10 BJP law makers Sunday expressed support to Yeddyurappa.
They informed Bhardwaj that they were taking back their October
letter withdrawing support to Yeddyurappa.
This led to the disqualification of the 16 legislators that was
quashed by the apex court.
Yeddyurappa, who released to the media his letter to President
Patil, said copies had been sent to Manmohan Singh and union Home
Minister P. Chidambaram.
He announced an emergency meeting of his cabinet Monday to take
stock of the situation.
The BJP legislators will also meet Monday to decide the party's
next step to save the government.
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