Karnataka crisis: Yeddyurappa meets Bhardwaj today
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 10:42
  
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Pitted against each other in a tussle over the report recommending President’s rule in Karnataka, state Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa is expected to meet Governor HR Bhardwaj in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Having been involved in several salvos of bitter commentary against each other, the two are expected to come face to face today at 4.00 pm for the first time after the Supreme Court squashed the disqualification of rebel MLAs.

Yeddyurappa is expected to set the matters straight with the Governor and tell him to let the Karnataka government work democratically as his party enjoys a full majority with 121 MLAs in support.

Riding high on the show of strength wherein Yeddyurappa on Tuesday evening paraded 121 MLAs before President Pratibha Patil, the Karnataka CM is all the more buoyant after proving that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has the magic numbers to retain the reins of the southern state.

On the other hand, Governor Bhardwaj issued a strong statement in Karnataka saying the Chief Minister and the Speaker messed with numbers in order to justify the majority.

Bhardwaj also said that there had been a “constitutional breakdown” in the state and that was the reason why he had decided to recommend President’s rule in the state.

The Karnataka CM had yesterday said that he had come to Delhi to save his government, and had also "thanked" the Governor for uniting the rebel MLAs with the BJP.

"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. 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.

The standoff 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: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 10:42


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