The Union cabinet recommended the re-imposition of President’s rule in Karnataka, home to the Indian headquarters of companies such as Intel Corp., General Electric Co. and International Business Machines Corp.
The move came after B.S. Yeddyurappa resigned as chief minister on Monday, a week after assuming office, when coalition ally Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S), refused to support the government in a proposed confidence vote.
President Pratibha Patil will declare the state under direct President’s rule based on the recommendation of the Union cabinet. The government aims to seek parliamentary approval for the dissolution of the state legislature, which will be followed by fresh elections. “The cabinet recommended to the President the immediate imposition of President’s rule in Karnataka,” cabinet minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said on Tuesday. The government will also come to Parliament at the earliest opportunity for the approval of the proclamation and dissolution of the assembly.”
Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had formed the government on 12 November with the backing of the JD(S), which subsequently withdrew support, marking the second time the parties had fallen out. The development led to the collapse of the first government formed by the BJP in southern India. The JD(S) changed its stand after the BJP refused to agree to demands, the party said.
Seeking to distance himself from the JD(S) decision to vote out the BJP government, former Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said he is planning to float a party of his own. “I am fed up with the affairs of national parties, including my party. I am seriously thinking to start a regional party,” Kumaraswamy said, without specifying whether he was disenchanted with his father and former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda’s leadership of the JD(S).
JD(S) party members said Kumaraswamy is yet to discuss his new proposal with his father and expressed doubts whether the JD(S) patriarch would permit it.
PTI also contributed to this story.