New Delhi: Karnataka Congress leaders on Saturday met the leadership including the Prime Minister and demanded dismissal of the Yeddyurappa government, a move recommended by Governor HR Bhardwaj.
However, the central leaders are not in favour of such
a move which, they feel, could be used by the BJP to its
advantage by projecting Yeddyurappa as a "martyr".
The delegation included KPCC president G Parameshwar
and the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly
Siddaramiah, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative council
Motamma, senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes and other
"We requested Prime Minister to accept the Governor`s
report and impose President`s rule in the state. It is a fit
case to impose President`s rule. The state is being ruined by
Yeddyurappa`s governnment," Siddaramiah told reporters.
He added the Prime Minister assured them that the
Centre would take a decision after taking into consideration
all the aspects related to the issue.
The leaders had yesterday met Home Minister P
Chidambaram and submitted a memorandum in this regard. They
will also be meeting other senior party leaders including
Defence Minister AK Antony.
The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs last night
discussed the report sent by the Karnataka Governor but
deferred a decision on it till Sunday.
The Karnataka unit of the Congress has been consistent in
demanding dismissal of the state government after the Supreme
Court nullified the Karnataka High Court`s order that
disqualified 16 MLAs in the state assembly.
However, senior party leaders at the Centre feel the
move will not benefit Congress and will instead turn
advantageous for BJP.
"The best to make Yeddyurappa a martyr will be to
dismiss his government. If it is done it will be a political
blunder," a party leader speaking on the condition of
Another party leader also disapproved the manner in
which Governor was handling the issue and giving the
perception that he was in a hurry to remove the BJP
government. "If Yeddyurappa has to go, he will fall on his
own," he said.