Governor’s recommendation a pre-written Congress script: BJP

Dubbing the recommendation of Karnataka Governor for imposition of President’s Rule in the state as a “pre-written Congress script", BJP on Nonday accused Congress of misusing Raj Bhawan for its political interests.

“Karnataka Governor’s recommendation of President’s Rule is nothing but a pre-written Congress script against the elected government of Karnataka. Congress from the very beginning is misusing the Governor’s office for its political purposes and has converted the Raj Bhawan of Karnataka into a Congress Bhawan," BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

The senior BJP leader alleged that the Governor’s recommendation is “politically motivated, constitutionally wrong and part of an attempt to destabilise the constitutionally elected government of the state".

Describing Congress as “a professional killer" of constitutional values and democratic norms, Naqvi said “this time what has happened in Karnataka is another heinous crime by the Congress against democracy and the constitution."


Governor recommends President’s rule

Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj on Monday recommended to the Centre that the state be put under President’s rule, saying that the trust vote won by chief minister B S Yeddyurppa was unethical and improper.

Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa (centre) shows victory sign after winning the vote of confidence in the assembly in Bangalore on Monday. PTI Photo

Television channels report Bhardwaj has sent a report to the Centre which questions the manner in which the Speaker of Karnataka Assembly disqualified 16 dissident MLAs and then held a voice vote to test the state government’s strength in the House.


BJP demands Governor’s recall

In what appears to be an open confrontation, ruling BJP in Karnataka on Monday demanded immediate recall of Governor H R Bhardwaj and warned of agitation if it was not done.

The Governor is “acting like leader of opposition", president of BJP state unit K S Eshwarappa said in the presence of chief minister B S Yeddyurappa after the government won the vote of confidence by voice vote.

“He has in a way behaved like instigating the JD (S) and the Congress," Eshwarappa alleged, adding that Bhardwaj was conspiring against the BJP government ever since he assumed charge.

Demanding his recall by the Centre, he said, “Otherwise, we will agitate."

Eshwarappa accused the Governor of trying to “dictate" Speaker K G Bopaiah and said, “this Governor has to go".


Congress for dismissal of BJP govt

The Opposition Congress on Monday petitioned Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj to recommend for the dismissal of the BJP government headed by chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on the ground that it had lost majority.

After meeting the Governor, Congress leader Siddaramaiah told reporters that the delegation submitted a memorandum apprising him of the incidents that occurred in the House during the motion of confidence.

He said the House was not in order when the motion was moved and even some MLCs, who are not members of the Assembly were present.

Siddaramaiah said when his party pressed for division of votes, Speaker K G Bopaiah did not heed to it and added “it (division of votes) did not happen".

He alleged that the Speaker and the chief minister had acted in collusion in passing the motion of confidence by voice vote and sought dismissal of the government.


CM to order inquiry into use of money power

Railing against the opposition JD (S) and Congress for attempts to destabilise his government, Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa has said that a comprehensive inquiry would be conducted to expose the “money power" used to lure MLAs.

Alleging that 20 crore to 25 crore was paid to dissident MLAs, Yeddyurppa said he would order a comprehensive inquiry to expose this. “I will not spare them easily. I know from which source the money has come and how much money was distributed by each," he charged.

The chief minister was addressing a press conference after he won the trust-vote by voice-vote.

Despite winning the confidence motion, many ministers seem anxious about the fate of the Government and what action the Governor H R Bhardwaj may recommend.

The chief minister also saw a conspiracy by what he called “affluent class" to topple the government and said this would also be “exposed". Yeddyurappa, however, did not elaborate.


‘Nobody demanded division of votes’

Karnataka Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah on Monday justified passing of confidence motion by voice vote, saying there was no demand seeking division of votes.

Bopaiah told reporters that when the motion was put up for voice vote, no member sought division of votes.

“Nobody demanded (division of votes). (So) where is the question of division of votes", he asked. “The motion was passed by voice-vote as per rules".

He said there was “time limitation" as this motion was the only subject, which had to be completed today itself.

Bopaiah also appeared to justify the entry of police personnel into the Assembly.


Police defend its entry into House

After being censured by the opposition parties for entering the Karnataka Assembly hall by violating rules, police on Monday cleared the matter saying they moved in at the request of the Speaker.

“K G Bopaiah wrote to city police commissioner Shankar Bidari to take the help of civil police to control the situation that had arisen following unruly scenes that the assembly witnessed," police said in a release here.

Police furnished the copy of Bopaiah’s letter addressed to Bidari which states “since the situation is out of control, the civil police help may be taken to control the situation".


Attempt made to destabilise Govt: Gadkari

BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Monday said an attempt was made to destabilise the democratically-elected government in the state by using money and power.

“In the last few days, an attempt was made by the Congress and the JD(S) to destabilise the democratically- elected government by using money and power.

Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa feeds an elephant after paying obeisance at Rajarajeswara temple at Thalipparamba in Kannur. File photo (PTI)

Many MLAs were bought and pressurised. An attempt was also made to misuse democratic institutions," Gadkari told reporters.

He said despite all these attempts, the BJP won the trust vote and termed it as a tribute to Jai Prakash Narayan whose birth anniversary falls today.

“Democracy has won," he said, greeting the BJP leaders in Karnataka and chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.

He hoped that the Centre would not misuse the Constitution and take steps against the state government.


Disqualified MLAs approach HC for stay

Sixteen MLAs, who were disqualified from their Assembly membership, on Monday moved the Karnataka high court challenging their disqualification and seeking stay of the Speaker’s order.

The petition is expected to come up for hearing before a division bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar later in the day.

Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah has disqualified 11 BJP and five independent MLAs on a complaint filed by chief minister B S Yeddyurappa alleging that they have attracted provisions under the anti-defection law by withdrawing support to his government.


BJP flays Governor

Ruling BJP in Karnataka on Monday accused Governor H R Bhardwaj of attempting to destabilise the party-led government and asked the Centre to recall him.

State unit BJP President K S Eswarappa warned that if the Centre did not recall Bhardwaj, the party would launch a state wide stir against him.

“The Governor is acting like a leader of the opposition. He is encouraging Congress and JDS. Ever since he assumed office of the Governor of the state, he has been trying to destabilise the BJP government", Eswarappa charged at a press conference here.

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Oppn demands immediate dismissal of govt

Opposition Congress and JD (S) on Monday demanded the immediate dismissal of the BJP government in Karnataka, questioning the method adopted in winning the trust vote.

Soon after the trust vote, Congress and JDS members along with disqualified MLAs came in a procession from the state Assembly to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor H R Bhardwaj.

Besides opposition MLAs, their partymen also gathered in front of Raj Bhavan and raised slogans.

“The trust vote moved by chief minister is illegal. He violated rules and regulations of the House. A government which had no majority wins the trust vote by voice vote flouting all norms," JD (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy said.

“We will demand the dismissal of the BJP government with immediate effect. The Centre and President Pratibha Patil should intervene", Kumaraswamy and KPCC President R V Deshpande demanded.


Oppn involved in wordy duel with police

Unruly scenes broke out near the Karnataka Assembly entrance on Monday with members of opposition Congress, JDS and rebels entering into a wordy duel with police, defying the security cordon and barging into the House.

JDS MLAs accompanied by 16 MLAs were prevented from entering the House leading to jostling and culminating in the opposition MLAs breaking open the gates.

Some disqualified MLAs also entered into the Assembly hall ignoring the pleas of marshals.

There was also a show down between Congress leader Siddaramaiah and city police commissioner Shankar Bidari, who blocked the entry of opposition MLAs into the House.


Cong demands CM’s resignation

Opposition Congress on Monday demanded the immediate resignation of Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, saying his government has “already lost majority" after the Speaker disqualified 16 MLAs.

Reacting sharply to the disqualification of the MLAs, including 11 from BJP by Speaker K G Bopaiah, Congress leader in the Assembly Siddaramaiah said with the disqualification of BJP legislators, the government had already lost its majority.

“Yeddyurappa has no right to continue in office. If the Chief Minister has any morality, he should quit immediately", Siddaramaiah told reporters here.

Siddaramaiah lashed out at Bopaiah, whom he alleged “behaved like the agent of the ruling party" and said under the circumstances, the Speaker cannot conduct the proceedings of the House in a “free and fair manner".

“Who gave him the power to disqualify independent MLAs," he asked while accusing him of behaving like Adolf Hitler.

Congress will call on Governor H R Bhardwaj soon seeking his intervention, he said.

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Speaker bans entry of disqualified MLAs

Karnataka Assembly Speaker K G Bopaih barred 16 disqualified MLAs from entering the House ahead of the crucial trial of strength.

The Assembly secretariat displayed the list of MLAs disqualified on the entrance of the west gate and said the Speaker has banned their entry.

More than 100 marshals have been stationed at the gate to ensure that none of the disqualified MLAs enter the House.

Bhopaiah, in a face off with Governor H R Bhardwaj, who had asked him not to disqualify any member, on Sunday passed orders disqualifying 11 BJP MLAs and five independents on a complaint filed by chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.


Speaker disqualifies rebels ahead of trust vote

Unfazed by the Governor’s direction, Karnataka Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah disqualified 16 rebel MLAs, including 11 from BJP, and barred them from entering the House, preventing them from participating in the trial of strength for a BJP government on Monday.

The Speaker’s action came early on Monday morning but it remains to be seen what the Governor would do after the Assembly proceedings in case chief minister B S Yeddyurappa will succeed in getting his confidence motion passed in the truncated House.

Governor H R Bhardwaj had on Sunday directed the Speaker to maintain status quo on the House strength as on 6 October before the rebels withdrew support reducing the Government to a minority.

The Governor has said in his letter to the Speaker that any decision that emerged in the House from a vitiated proceedings will not be acceptable to him.