BJP MLAs jubilant, but continue to jibe at Guv

The body language of the leaders appeared as if they had won a war against the Governor, by warding off the cloud of uncertainty that was hanging over the government. “Our fight is for saving democracy, and we are confident of winning it,” Yeddyurappa said, flashing the victory sign. He was speaking to reporters soon after his arrival from the national capital.

The BJP had taken an aggressive stand against the Governor’s recommendation and paraded 114 MLAs, in front of Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday, pressing for the twin demands of rejecting the Governor’s recommendation and the recall of the Governor. Yeddyurappa enjoys the support of 122 MLAs in the 225-member Assembly.

The Chief Minister, who appeared to be a relaxed man, lashed out at the Congress and JD(S) for “conspiring” against his government.

“Everybody knows what JD(S) President H D Deve Gowda and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah discussed with the Governor in Raj Bhavan on Tuesday on the pretext of wishing him on his birthday,” Yeddyurappa said. He later shared the dais with the Governor and exchanged greetings with him at a public function, creating ripples in political circles.

State BJP President K S Eshwarappa said the Yeddyurappa Government would complete its five-year tenure and nobody could prevent it.

“The Centre will not accept the Governor’s report. His (Governor) efforts to remove the BJP government will not materialise. He will be humiliated,” he stated and added that the party would not keep quiet till the Governor was removed.

The BJP has decided to continue its protest opposing the Governor’s recommendation for President’s rule in the State.

Minister for Excise M P Renukacharya ridiculed that the Congress high command did not trust its own partymen in the State, and had hence rejected the Governor’s recommendation to impose President’s rule.

“The Congress and the JD(S) are misusing the Raj Bhavan. They are trying to gain power through the back door by toppling the government which enjoys a majority,” he charged.
Nanjundaswamy, one of the 11 BJP MLAs whose Assembly membership was restored by the SC recently, said that he and 10 other MLAs never intended to bring down the government and that they were misled by some people. However, he did not divulge the names of people who misled them.

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