Karnataka: BJP plunges into celebratory mode

Last Updated: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 13:00

Bangalore: A mood of confrontation among the
ruling BJP activists gave way to celebrations across Karnataka
on Monday after the Centre rejected Governor HR Bhardwaj`s
recommendation to dismiss its government.

A day after the UPA government announced the decision to
dump the Bhardwaj special report, BJP leaders burst crackers,
distributed sweets, raised slogans against the Governor and
reiterated the party`s demand for his immediate recall.

The celebrations at the state unit BJP office was led by
Home Minister R Ashoka, where partymen assembled and burst
crackers and distributed sweets and raised anti-Governor
slogans.

State unit BJP spokesman S Prakash said Chief Minister BS
Yeddyurappa, who is returning from New Delhi this evening,
would be accorded a rousing reception from the Bengaluru
International Airport and taken in a procession.

Celebrations are on in all Assembly constituencies in the
city and also in various parts of the state, he said.

The scenes of jubilation began last night soon after the
Centre announced its decision not to invoke Article 356 of the
Constitution as recommended by the Governor on May 15. BJP
activists gathered at the official residence of Yeddyurappa
and burst crackers.

Meanwhile, the BJP suspended protest rallies it had planned
in various districts to protest against the Governor`s report.

As had been decided by the party earlier, Yeddyurappa was
scheduled to lead a rally in Tumkur and the state unit party
president KS Eswarappa in Koppal.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 13:00

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