BJP calls Karnataka bandh, rules out CM`s resignation

Karnataka`s ruling BJP called a state-wide bandh on Saturday protesting Governor H R Bhardwaj`s sanction for prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2011, 00:10 AM IST

Bangalore: Karnataka`s ruling BJP called a
state-wide bandh on Saturday protesting Governor H R Bhardwaj`s
sanction for prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

The party also ruled out Yeddyurappa`s resignation in the
wake of the Governor`s action.
Taking stock of the crisis triggered by Bhardwaj`s action,
an emergent meeting of the party declared it would fight
"legally and politically" against the Governor`s sanction
which it described as "unconstitutional and politically-
motivated".

BJP decided to call a statewide bandh tomorrow to protest
the Governor`s action, BJP State unit president K S Eswarappa
told reporters here.

"There is no question of the Chief Minister resigning. We
will fight out legally and politically", BJP General Secretary
Dharmendra Pradhan, also incharge of BJP affairs in Karnataka,
said.

Pradhan was earlier rushed to the city by the BJP central
leaders to guide the state unit in deciding the future course
of action against the Governor.

Eshwrappa described Bhardwaj`s decision as a "murder of
democracy, a black order in the history of the state and done
under the promptings by Congress and JD(S)".
"The Governor is carrying on his political agenda through
his office and trying to breath life to Congress", he said.

He said Bhardwaj should tender an unconditional apology to
the people of the state for his offensive remarks made against
the government.

PTI