Dismiss Karnataka govt, opposition demands

Bangalore: Congress and JDS in Karnataka on Saturday upped the ante demanding dismissal of the B S Yeddyurappa government on the ground that it has lost majority following the Supreme Court setting aside the disqualification of 11 BJP rebel MLAs and five independents.

"The state has plunged into a constitutional crisis in the wake of the Supreme Court quashing Speaker K G Bopaiah`s order on disqualification of 16 MLAs," Karnataka PCC President G Parameshwara and Congress opposition leader in the assembly Siddaramaiah told reporters here.

They urged the Governor H R Bhardwaj to recommend to the Centre to invoke Article 356 of the Constitution and dismiss the BJP government.

The government has no moral right to continue in office as it had been reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by some BJP MLAs in a petition submitted to the Governor on October six last, the PCC chief said.

Siddaramaiah alleged that the state legislature session being planned from May 16 was with "political intent" and it was not aimed at debating development issues in the House.

The Governor should not accept the government`s request in summoning the legislature session from May 16, they said.

They also demanded Bopaiah`s resignation in the light of observations made against him by the Supreme Court.

Referring to April 9 by-polls to three constituencies,which BJP won, Siddaramaiah alleged that the victory came about due to BJP using its money and muscle power.

"Let Yeddyurappa dissolve the state assembly and go to polls. We will also fight it. If we fail to win, we will take political sanyas", the leaders said.

JDS leader H D Revanna and party state unit spokesman Y S V Datta alleged that Yeddyurappa has launched "horse trading" to woo 11 MLAs, whose assembly membership was restored by a Supreme Court order.

They urged the Governor to dismiss the government and not to accept the government request in summoning the legislature session. JDS leaders also urged Bopaiah to quit.

Meanwhile BJP spokesman V Dhanajayakumar said "There is no crisis in BJP. All the 11 MLAs are with us. Our strength has now swelled from 109 to 120. Yeddyurappa government enjoys clear majority (in the 224 assembly)".

The 16 legislators, whose disqualification was set aside by the court, has been in touch with party leaders,he claimed.

The apex court had yesterday quashed the Karnataka Assembly Speaker`s controversial decision to disqualify the 16 MLAs on the eve of the no-confidence motion last year which had ensured survival of the Yeddyurappa government.

Meanwhile, a question mark hangs over commencement of the emergent legislature session from May 16 in the wake of the Governor not summoning the session so far.

Bhardwaj, who is in Delhi is likely to return to the city by tomorrow, official sources said here.

Bhardwaj had said yesterday in Delhi that Raj Bhavan has received the request for convening the session from May 16 and he would take a call on reaching Bangalore on Sunday.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, also in-charge of Finance, had presented the budget in February and sought a vote-on-account till July 30.

Yeddyurappa has not outlined any specific reason that prompted him to go in for the emergent session to discuss the budget when he has time till July 30 to seek the approval of the House for the full budget allocation.

According to BJP sources, Yeddyurappa is keen to ensure the support of the 11 rebels, whose disqualification was set aside by the Supreme court, during the session and foil opposition attempts to create crisis for his government.