After Centre rebuff, Guv convenes session

However, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa seems hardly mollified by the Centre’s rebuff to the governor and kept up his attack on him after his arrival here from Delhi on Monday. He said the governor should opt for a graceful exit by voluntarily resigning from his post.
“It’s time, he (Bhardwaj) voluntarily resigns. I am confident that he will do so very soon,” he stated while adding that the BJP would continue to agitate for his removal.

“There is a need for us to keep a close watch on the governor’s behaviour. Instead of guiding the government on development issues, he had joined hands with opposition parties to conspire against the government. It is unpardonable,”  the chief minister added.

Bhardwaj’s approval for summoning the session comes as a morale booster to the ruling party. The issue had led to a stalemate between Raj Bhavan and the State government with Bhardwaj telling chief minister B S Yeddyurappa that he would take a decision only after the Centre took a call on his special report.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (1) of Article 174 of the Constitution of India, I, H R Bhardwaj have summoned the Karnataka Legislative Assembly to meet at 12.15 pm on June 2,” the notification signed by the Governor stated. The Legislative Council  session will also commence from June 2.

Yeddyurappa led a ministerial delegation and met Bhardwaj at Raj Bhavan last week requesting him to give consent to hold the session to pass the full budget. The State Cabinet on May 16 resolved to convene both houses of the legislature from June 2 to pass the budget for better implementation of developmental programmes.

Assembly Secretariat sources  said the session will be held till June 14 with 10 working days. Question hour is likely to be given a go-by due to paucity of time. At least 15 days is required for the secretariat to sort out the questions provided by the members, dispatch them to various departments and receive answers, Assembly Secretary S B Patil said.

Other legislative businesses including call attention, discussion on bills and discussion on matters of urgent importance will be taken up, he said. The full budget will also be passed during the session. At present, the legislature has approved a vote on account for four months.

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