Bangalore: An apparent bruised Congress
on Thursday asked the Centre to impose President`s rule in Karnataka
after two of its MLAs resigned from the assembly, a step
which, the party alleged, was due to the ruling BJP luring
The B S Yeddyurappa-led BJP government should be
dismissed for indulging in "horse trading", Congress leader in
the assembly Siddaramaiah told reporters here.
"The acts of the Yeddyurappa government are illegal
and unconstitutional," Siddaramaiah said.
BJP`s renewed "operation lotus" (to lure MLAs from
other parties) has led to M C Ashwath of JDS, S V Ramachandra
and M Narayanaswamy (both Congress) resigning in the past few
"Speaker K G Bopaiah has not been verifying whether
the MLAs were resigning on their own volition or under
pressure while accepting their resignation letters," he said.
About 40 MLAs had been approached by the BJP, he
"We urge the government of India to take cognizance of
all the things happening in Karnataka and to impose Article
356 as the government has no right to continue after it failed
to act as per the provisions of the constitution," he said.
KPCC president R V Deshpande said it was illegal to
lure MLAs when the fate of the October 14 vote of confidence
was still pending before the court. He said plans to expand
the cabinet was also unconstitutional when the issue of
whether the BJP government enjoyed the support of the majority
was still being decided.
He also alleged that the Speaker`s post has been
misused by the chief minister to disqualify the 16 MLAs and
Bopaiah was acting as the "agent" of Yeddyurappa government.
The KPCC also announced the expulsion of Ramachandra
and Narayanaswamy from the party.