New Delhi: With controversy over H R Bhardwaj’s recommendation for president’s rule in Karnataka deepening, Congress on Tuesday stepped up its attack on BJP saying chief minister B S Yeddyurappa has lost “moral right” to continue in the post.
“After the Supreme Court order about the illegality of its trust vote, BJP’s attitude for last few days has been the one of kettle calling the pot black.
“I want to ask BJP whether the Karnataka chief minister or the assembly speaker there should continue on their posts after the clear indications given by the Supreme Court in its order,” party spokesperson Manish Tewari said in the national capital.
His comments came on a day when a BJP delegation led by its president, Nitin Gadkari met President Pratibha Patil demanding rejection of Governor’s recommendation for president’s rule in Karnataka.
The delegation led by Gadkari and including chief minister Yeddyurappa told the president that BJP has the majority in Assembly.
The meeting came in the backdrop of the controversy over the Governor’s report which recommended imposition of president’s rule in the state days after the Supreme Court in a order reversing the Karnataka High Court decision of disqualifying 11 BJP rebel MLAs and five independents ahead of the 10 October, 2010 floor test in the Assembly.
BJP leadership had also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday over the issue, who had given an assurance that “nothing unconstitutional” will be done.
The Congress spokesperson, however, said that the question was not what recommendation the Governor has made but that “where does the morality of the party making loud claims about probity goes when it comes to Karnataka. Is Karnataka such a mulching cow that BJP cannot do without it?”
Tewari also lambasted top leaders of BJP for the “conspiracy of collusion” to get “manufactured majority”.
“What happened in Karnataka is complete stifling of Constitutionalism”.
He accused the Yedyurappa government of playing with the anti-defection law and wondered whether the opposition party has realised that its actions were hurting the constitution.
A senior party leader speaking on the condition of anonymity said one way to resolve the issue could be to dismiss the government of Yeddyurappa and keep the assembly under suspended animation and then again invite the single largest party, which in Karnataka is BJP, to form government.
The leader felt that even the Supreme Court order has indicated towards this option.
He said there are different views on the issue of whether to impose president rule in the state or ask Yeddyurappa to seek another trust vote.
“It’s an easy issue. If a Governor views something is in complete subversion of Constitutional process, is it not his duty to take a call on it?,” he said.