Centre decides to impose President’s rule in Karnataka

Centre decides to impose President’sruleinKarnataka

New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday decided to impose President’s rule in Karnataka, accepting governorRameshwar Thakur’s recommendation after chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy resigned lacking the required number to prove his majority in the state assembly.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, sources said.

Thakur had on Monday recommended imposition of Central rule and dissolution of the state assembly soon after Kumaraswamy resigned on being told by the governor that he did not have the required numbers to win a trial of strength on the floor of the House following withdrawal of support by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to his government.

The ruling Janata Dal (Secular)-BJP alliance broke up after Kumaraswamy refused to transfer chief ministership to BJP under a power-sharing accord reached 20 months ago.

Sections in the two parties had made last-minute attempts to revive their alliance and give chief ministership to BJP but the plan did not work.

Kumaraswamy had wanted an opportunity for a floor test but was told that he did not have the legislative arithmetic in his favour and so would have to step down.

Meanwhile, squarely blaming the JD(S)-BJP coalition for bringing the state under Central rule, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Mallikarjun Kharge said JD(S) and BJP “should apologize to the people for creating the political and administrative instability and indulging in bickerings". Governor Rameshwar Thakur had no option other than recommending Central rule as there was no possibility of installing an alternative government, Kharge said.

He ridiculed the efforts made by sections in JD(S) and BJP to revive the alliance and said the developments showed the saffron party was “power-hungry." The state has come under President’s rule “due to the political crisis created by JD(S) and BJP," former chief minister N. Dharam Singh said.