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Karna Gov. asked to convene Assembly session
Published on 17 May. 2011 12:29 AM IST
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Taking governor HR Bhardwaj head-on, the Karnataka cabinet passed a resolution urging him to convene the state legislature session from June 2. This decision comes following Bhardwaj’s refusal to summon legislature session from May 16.
“Now enough time has been given to the governor to summon the session. The government hopes that he won’t give any reasons,” law and parliamentary affairs minister S Suresh Kumar said.
He added that the cabinet felt that it was necessary to pass the budget for the implementation of development programmes. “Therefore it was decided to recommend to the governor to convene both houses of legislatures for a period of 10 days from June 2,” he said. The emergency cabinet meeting was held a day after Bhardwaj recommended to the Centre to keep the assembly in suspended animation in the wake of the Supreme Court quashing the disqualification of 11 rebel BJP and five Independent MLAs.
Kumar said that the cabinet expressed its displeasure over the report sent by the governor to the centre, but did not pass any other resolution, he said. “The grounds that have been made out by the governor in his special report cannot be the basis for this kind of recommendation (dismissal of the government),” Kumar asserted.
MHA examining report
PTI Adds: The Home Ministry is examining the report of Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj recommending dismissal of the Yeddyurappa ministry and imposition of President’s Rule in the wake of Supreme Court quashing the disqualification of 11 party rebel MLAs. The Ministry is looking into the details on what ground the Governor recommended imposition of President’s rule and keep the Assembly under suspended animation, official sources said on Monday. A note will be prepared and put before the cabinet for a final decision, the sources said.
Bhardwaj, who has been having a troubled relationship with the Karnataka Government, has sent a “special” report to the Centre Sunday recommended a spell of President’s Rule and for keeping the Assembly in suspended animation.
Yeddyurappa, whose party earlier in the day claimed that the crisis was over with the rebels extending support, has attacked the Governor and urged the President not to give in to his recommendation.
Yeddyurappa has said the BJP had a majority in the House and the Governor was playing a political game at the behest of Congress and the JD(S).
The chief minister said he had written a letter to President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking them not to accept the Governor’s report.
Attacking the Governor, he said that the state government has asked for the convening of the Assembly session on Monday, “which he (Bhardwaj) is not allowing”.

Congr dubs BJP govt in Karnataka as illegal
Congress on Monday dubbed the BJP dispensation there as illegal and “based on a manufactured majority”.
“Do they have moral right to continue even for a single moment after the very pungent observations from the Supreme Court,” Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters in reply to a volley of questions on the political developments in Karnataka.
Quoting some of the strictures by the apex court, Tewari insisted that “after October 11, 2010, it is an illegal government in Karnataka based on a manufactured majority through abuse of the Constitutional office”.
Asked whether the Congress was for imposition of President’s Rule and whether it favoured a floor test to judge the majority of chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, Tewari’s refrain was, “What has to be done has to be decided by the central government.”
When told that the Karnataka unit of Congress was for imposition of President’s Rule, he said “in our system, there is autonomy and flexibility” to state units to articulate their views.
The Congress leader said the apex court had observed that there was no compulsion on the Speaker to decide on the disqualification petitions filed by the chief minister.
The court had also spoken of “fine art of conjuring majority” by the chief minister and the Speaker, he added.

A delegation of NDA leaders met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand rejection of the report of Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj if he had recommended presdent’s rule in the BJP-ruled state and his dismissal for being partisan.
The prime minister assured the delegation that the central government would not take any unconstitutional action over the governor’s report.
“Prime minister assured us that no unconstitutional move will be made,” senior BJP leader L.K. Advani told reporters here after the meeting.
Advani said they had demanded that the central government reject the report by the state governor if it had recommended imposition of president’s rule in the state.
“He (Bhardwaj) just cannot do it. (It is) not his capacity to be detached. Partisanship comes out in every single action or utterance,” Advani said.
Advani said MLAs of the party in Karnataka will meet President Pratibha Patil here Tuesday.

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