Bangalore: Ruling BJP in Karnataka on Friday
staged a dharna here against Governor HR Bhardwaj demanding
his approval for convening of Legislature session, however, in
a change of plans, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Home
Minister R Ashoka stayed away from the protest.
BJP had yesterday said the dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi
statue would be led by Yeddyurappa.
Several ministers, including G Janardhana Reddy, Shobha
Karandlaje, V Somanna, MP Renukacharya, besides state BJP
president K S Eshwarappa were among those who took part in
the sit-in protest.
The BJP is demanding that the Governor immediately give
his approval for convening of the Legislature session even as
it sought his recall by the Centre for recommending
President`s Rule in the State.
"The Congress is trying to use the Governor and rule from
the backdoor," Reddy alleged.
The Dharna comes after the Governor ignored the "virtual
ultimatum" given by Yeddyurappa yesterday to give his approval
by last evening for convening the session from June 2.
The BJP government has insisted that holding of the
session is necessary to pass the full budget for better
implementation of development programmes.
The government had also said the Governor gave no
response to the May 13 Cabinet decision to convene the session
from May 16. The Cabinet then held another meeting on June 16
and decided to convene the session from June 2.
The Congress has severely criticised the BJP for holding
the rally, wondering how a Government can stage protest
against its own head, and termed the agitation as one against