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Karnataka crisis: MHA rejects Bhardwaj’s plea
NEW DELHI/ BANGALORE, MAY 21 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 22 May. 2011 12:11 AM IST
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The Union home ministry on Friday rejected Karnataka governor HR Bhardwaj’s recommendation that the President’s rule should be imposed in the state and sent its opinion to the Prime Minister’s Office for a final call on the matter.
The decision came three days after Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa paraded 121 MLAs - owing allegiance to him - in front of the President here. Sources said the final decision would be taken at the highest level “very soon”, and it would be communicated to the governor. It is learnt that since the Centre is not in favour of dismissing the BJP government in the southern state, the report was not taken up for discussion at Thursday’s meeting of the Union Cabinet.
“A formal communication from the Centre to the governor is expected to pave the way for convening a session of the assembly that has been demanded by Yeddyurappa,” said a source.
Sources said a formal rejection of the governor’s recommendation was needed because when a Yeddyurappa-led ministerial delegation had met Bhardwaj on Wednesday and requested him to convene the session to pass the full budget, the governor reasoned that he was awaiting the Centre’s decision on his recommendation to impose the President’s rule.
Bhardwaj had asked the CM to wait for a “day or two” on the issue of his approval for the session. The governor’s recommendation was based on the Supreme Court’s order, which said 16 MLAs were disqualified by the Speaker ahead of a crucial vote of confidence.
Cong leaders meet PM
A delegation of Congress leaders from Karnataka today met the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, demanding immediate appropriate action on the Governor Mr H.R. Bhardwaj’s report to the Centre recommending dismissal of the BS Yeddyurappa Government in the state.
The delegation was lead by KPCC president, G. Parameshwar and other state Congress leaders. Emerging out of the meeting, Siddaramiah told reporters that the Karnataka Government has lost all the right to continue in office and should go. He said the Prime Minister assured them that the Centre would take a decision into the matter after taking into consideration all the aspects related to the issue.
The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs had on Friday night discussed the report sent by the Karnataka Governor but deferred a decision on it till Sunday.
BJP, Cong continue protests in Karnataka
Even as a desperate state Congress leaders are meeting party’s top brass in New Delhi to convince them over imposing President’s rule in Karnataka, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa launched his state-wide agitation on Saturday demanding recall of governor H R Bhardwaj.
It is learnt that the state leaders were asked by the party high command on the alternatives available, if the BJP government is dismissed and also whether the Congress was in a position to stake claim. The leaders have asked for a couple of months time to cobble up majority to which the party leadership did not agree. The general view is that the Congress does not want to sully its image of having pulled down a democratically elected government and would prefer to await court verdict on Yeddyurappa’s alleged corruption charges.
The Congress leaders have announced that the last option before them, if their request is rejected, is resigning enmasse from the assembly. However, it has to be seen, whether the idea is acceptable particularly to the first-time MLAs as none of them are in a mood to face an election now.

 
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