New Delhi: Turning the tables on Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj who sent a report to the Central government recommending the imposition of President’s rule in the state, BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday called for the Governor’s resignation.
Addressing a press conference here, the BJP supremo termed the Governor’s actions “unconstitutional and undemocratic” and said with the “blessings of Congress high command” Bhardwaj was hell bent on destabilizing the Karnataka government.
"Congress leaders and some of the Central cabinet
ministers have realised that they cannot defeat us (BJP) in
Karnataka even in the distant future. More so after our win in
the by-elections. So they want to destabilise the government,"
“The report being sent by the Governor recommending President’s rule is completely unconstitutional, undemocratic,” said Gadkari.
Gadkari managed to take a crack at AICC saying that they were misusing a veteran leader like HR Bhardwaj by keeping him on the post of Governor and that he should instead work for the Congress party.
“On many occasions, I have said that Bhardwaj ji is a very experienced person… I therefore want that he be exempted from the Governor’s post and be allowed to work for the party (Congress) instead,” said the BJP chief.
Asserting that the “BJP has a very popular government” in Karnataka, Gadkari said he was confident of victory (in proving the majority).
“"101 per cent we will be victorious.... We are a
majority government, a popular government...We will
definitely win as we are going through the democratic
process," he added.
"I thank Yeddyurappa for good work in Karnataka. We have 114 MLAs with us. We are confident of victory.”
Meanwhile, Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa is to parade his supporting legislators before the President later today to prove that his government has majority in the Karnataka Assembly.
"Governor of Karnataka has been trying to destabilise our government right from beginning. We request President and Prime Minister to save Karnataka, to save democracy by recalling the Governor," Yeddyurappa had said yesterday.
The latest crisis began with Governor Bhardwaj on Sunday reportedly recommending the dismissal of the state government in the light of last week's Supreme Court verdict which lifted the disqualification of 11 BJP rebel MLAs and five independents ahead of the October 10, 2010 floor test in the Assembly.
First Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 15:55