Yeddyurappa to chalk strategy for Bhardwaj's recall

“The Centre’s rejecting the report has proved that Bhardwaj had acted unconstitutionally. It is a slap on his face. He should resign immediately. Or the party will continue its protest until he is removed,” BJP State President K S Eshwarappa said.

The BJP has, however, decided to drop its ongoing State-wide agitation seeking the rejection of the Governor’s report, in view of the latest development. The party has been conducting a protest campaign across 11 districts under the leadership of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Eshwarappa. The campaign was to end on May 25.

End of uncertainty

With the Centre’s decision, the week-long political uncertainty in the State has come to an end. The Governor had sent a special report on May 15 to the Centre recommending imposition of president’s rule in the State citing breakdown of Constitution. The report was based on the recent order of the Supreme Court  setting aside disqualification of 16 MLAs, including 11 of the BJP.

The Centre’s rejection of Bhardwaj’s report is the second such in seven months. The Centre had rejected his advice for imposition of President’s Rule on the State, on October 11, 2010, soon after the chief minister won the trust vote in the Legislative Assembly.

Soon after the Governor’s report to the Centre on May 15, the BJP took an aggressive stand and the Chief Minister even paraded his MLAs before the President of India in Delhi. Later, the party had launched a State-wide agitation pressing for its twin demand of rejection of the Governor’s report and his recall. Eshwarappa further said Opposition parties - the Congress and the JD(S)-  should apologise to people of the State for trying to topple the popular government led by Yeddyurappa.

“Opposition parties have failed to play the role of Opposition in the State. They tried to topple the BJP Government by twisting the Constitution,” he charged.

Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar described the Centre’s decision as a “victory” to the democracy. “I hope the Governor will realise his mistake and voluntarily seek the Centre to remove him from his post,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa, who is in Delhi, is likely to return to Bangalore on Monday afternoon.

Legislature session soon

The Governor is likely to give permission to summon the Legislature session from June 2 on Monday.

The State Cabinet had decided to convene the extended budget session and had sought the Governor’s permission. But Bhardwaj had not given the permission as his report for imposing the President’s Rule in the State was pending before the Centre.

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