Karna crisis snowballs; Governor recommends President's rule
Bangalore/ New Delhi: In a move which could see political temperatures soaring in the coming days in Karnataka, Governor H R Bhardwaj on Sunday evening recommended imposition of President's rule in the state.
The Governor has despatched a "special report" on the unfolding political situation in the state in the aftermath of the Supreme Court setting aside disqualification of 16 MLAs even as 11 of the rebel BJP MLAs pledged their "unconditional" support to the B S Yeddyurappa government.
"In the context of recent judgement of the Supreme Court in the matter of disqualification of MLAs on May 13, 2011 and its implications to the developments in the state, a special report has been sent to the Centre", a brief communiqué issued by Raj Bhavan said.
A Raj Bhavan source disclosed that Bhardwaj in his report has recommended imposition of central rule.
This is the second time that Bhardwaj has recommended imposition of President's rule in the state.
In October last year, the Governor made such a recommendation after 16 MLAs -- eleven from BJP and five independents -- submitted him a letter withdrawing support to the government led by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.
The recommendation by the Governor has stunned the BJP which was heaving a sigh of relief after roping in the support of 11 of its rebels.
The MLAs, who have been camping in Delhi for the past couple of days, shot off a letter to Governor H R Bhardwaj conveying their decision to support the BJP government in the state.
Earlier in the day Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said he had absolute majority in the House. He said though there was no need for a trust vote, "if the Governor wants it, I am duty bound to oblige him".
At a press conference, Karnataka government representative Dhananjay Kumar displayed copies of the relevant faxes sent to the Governor.
He said there was no threat to the Yeddyurappa government, claiming that the party enjoyed clear majority in the House.
There was high drama at the Raj Bhavan as the rebels, who arrived there straight from the airport after landing from New Delhi, and several ministers had to wait for more than half-an-hour at the gates for an appointment.
The 16 legislators were disqualified last year after they told the Governor that they had lost confidence in Yeddyurappa.
The Supreme Court on Friday quashed the disqualification of 16 MLAs ahead of the controversial October 2010 no trust motion, saying the Speaker acted in "hot haste" to favour Yeddyurappa.
The BJP government faced a crisis after the Supreme Court on Friday quashed the disqualification of 11 rebel BJP MLAs and five Independents by the Speaker in October, 2010.
The BJP Government had won a second trust vote on October 14, 2010 by a narrow margin after the Governor gave a second chance to the Chief Minister to prove his majority on the floor of the house. The 11 BJP and 5 Independent MLAs were not allowed to vote then.