Yeddyurappa to chalk strategy for Bhardwajs recall

New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is expected to arrive in the capital on Sunday to meet senior BJP leaders and prepare the strategy for building pressure for the recall of Governor H R Bhardwaj due to his continuing reluctance to call the Assembly Session.

Sources close to Yeddyurappa told PTI that he has not been summoned to Delhi by the BJP top brass but will be here as part of the strategy to start a campaign for Bhardwaj`s removal.

"Bhardwaj is refusing to call the Assembly Session on the pretext that he is awaiting a response from the Centre on his report (which recommends President`s Rule in Karnataka).

We cannot wait endlessly," a senior BJP leader from the state, said.

The UPA government is holding a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs this evening, where the Karnataka issue is expected to figure.

Yeddyurappa is keen on proving his majority on the floor of the Assembly after the recent Supreme Court verdict which quashed the disqualification of 11 BJP MLAs. Since these MLAs have pledged their support to his government, he claims to have the support of 121 MLAs in the 224-member House.

"Convening of the Assembly Session is also important as only a Vote-on-Account for four months was passed in March in Karnataka. Now the budget has to be presented," a senior leader close to Yeddyurappa, said.

Yeddyurappa is likely to meet senior BJP leader L K Advani, party president Nitin Gadkari, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley among others, to chalk out the strategy for building pressure for Bhardwaj`s recall.

BJP has accused him of acting as a "political agent" of the Congress.

The party has already announced that it may launch a nation-wide campaign against the Congress if the Centre continued to "destabilise the Yeddyurappa government" through its actions.