New Delhi: In a snub to Karnataka
Governor HR Bhardwaj, the Centre on Sunday night rejected his
recommendation for imposition of President`s rule in the
state, exactly a week after he escalated tensions with the
ruling BJP there.
The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on
Political Affairs(CCPA) presided over by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh here, shortly after the conclusion of the
second anniversary celebrations of the UPA-II Government.
"The CCPA today met to discuss the Karnataka
Governor`s report and after careful consideration decided not
to accept his recommendations," Home Minister P Chidambaram
told reporters after the meeting.
Even as it rejected his report, the CCPA has asked the
Home Ministry to write to the Karnataka Government bringing to
its notice the issues mentioned by the Governor.
An advisory will be issued, Chidambaram said and hoped
that the state government will take note of it.
This may be one of the rare instances when the Centre
has rejected the recommendations of a Governor for imposition
of President`s rule.
The BJP earlier in the day pressed the UPA government
to reject by tomorrow evening Bhardwaj`s recommendation
failing which the party warned it would go on a nation-wide
Hinting that his patience is running out, Karnataka
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa also appealed to Prime Minister
Singh to reject the recommendation before embarking on his
foreign trip tomorrow.
Bhardwaj, a senior Congress leader and a former Union
Minister who was appointed Governor less than two years ago,
has been having a running battle with Yeddyurappa and the BJP
in the state.
Late last year too he had recommended dismissal of the
Government in the wake of the Speaker`s action but that was
overtaken by a floor test in the Assembly on his directions.
In the wake of the Supreme Court quashing the
disqualification of 11 BJP and 5 Independent MLAs by Speaker K
G Bopaiah, the Governor had last Sunday sent a `special
report` to the Centre recommending dismissal of the
Yeddyurappa Government and keeping the Assembly in suspended
The CCPA met on Friday inconclusively, but the
decision came on a day when the BJP threatened to launch a
nation-wide agitation demanding rejection of the report and
"If the Centre does not act within the coming 24
hours, the BJP will be compelled to launch a nation-wide
agitation both against the Central government as well as the
Governor", senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu told a news
conference in Bangalore. "We will wait till tomorrow evening".
Last week, the BJP`s national leadership had launched
a campaign against the Governor during the week by parading
its MLAs constituting a majority in the Assembly before
President Pratibha Patil.
A delegation of top leaders also met the President and
Prime Minister demanding rejection of the Governor`s report
and his recall.