CPI(M) demands resignation of Karnataka Government

Demanding the resignation of Karnataka government, CPI(M) on Monday alleged that the Supreme Court order quashing disqualification of 16 MLAs.

Last Updated: May 16, 2011, 19:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Demanding the resignation of
Karnataka government, CPI(M) on Monday alleged that the Supreme
Court order quashing disqualification of 16 MLAs in Assembly
exposed BJP`s "manipulation and illegal moves" to garner
majority but said it was against any move to dismiss it.

Addressing a press conference here, CPI(M) General
Secretary Prakash Karat said the BS Yeddyurappa-led
government in Karnataka has lost all "legitimacy" and should
resign forthwith.

"The BJP government headed by Yeddyurappa has been
fully exposed by the Supreme Court order quashing the
disqualification of 16 MLAs of the Karnataka assembly. The
judgment shows how through manipulation and illegal moves the
MLAs were disqualified," Karat said.

CPI(M) was of the opinion that Article 356 should not
be resorted to reign in "one of the most corruption ridden
states" of Karnataka, he said. It was "not correct" to
invoke Article 356, he said.

"The governments at Centre time and again have used
Article 356 in arbitrary fashion...The use of Article 356 is
not warranted in this situation," he said.

However, Karat sought to remind the BJP that the
party-led NDA government had earlier dismissed RJD government
in Bihar citing some massacre. "It did not go through as they
could not get it passed in Rajya Sabha," he said.

In a statement, CPI also echoed CPI(M) and said it was
against the move by the Governor for imposing President`s
rule.

"CPI severly condemns the ugly purchase of legislators
by BJP in the name of `Operation Kamal` which has become a
regular feature in Karnataka politics. The BJP by purchase of
legislators and Congress through Governor are making a farce
of democracy, insulting the wisdom of people of Karnataka," it
said.

The statement said the party was for a floor test
despite its "limitations and consequences."

PTI