Sack Bhardwaj: BJP serves ultimatum to PM
The BJP today launched a campaign against Karnataka governor HR Bhardwaj demanding his immediate recall and knocked at the doors of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who gave an assurance that "nothing unconstitutional" will be done.delhi Updated: May 14, 2011 23:08 IST
The BJP on Monday launched a campaign against Karnataka governor HR Bhardwaj demanding his immediate recall and knocked at the doors of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who gave an assurance that "nothing unconstitutional" will be done.
The Centre also gave clear indications it may not not be acting on the recommendation of the governor in a "special" report he sent on Sunday for imposing President's rule in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict quashing the disqualification of 11 rebel BJP MLAs.
On a day of hectic activities in the capital and in Bangalore, an NDA delegation headed by LK Advani met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and told him that the governor's report yesterday was unconstitutional and should not be acted upon.
The delegation demanded that the government should initiate the processs of recall of the governor whom, it said, had repeatedly "violated" the Constitution in letter and spirit.
After the meeting, Advani told reporters that, "The Prime Minister assured us that nothing unconstitutional will be done in Karnataka."
The PM told them that he had not seen the report himself yet but the Home Minister had read it.
The delegation's meeting with the Prime Minister followed a meeting of top NDA leaders in the morning which decided that chief minister BS Yeddyurappa will parade all his supporting MLAs before President Pratibha Patil.
The MLAs led by the chief minister, who reached Delhi tonight, have been given time tomorrow evening for meeting the President when they are expected to display the support of 121 MLAs in a House of 224.
In a bid to pressure on the governor and the Centre, the state government urged the Governor to convene a session of the assembly from June to prove majority and to parade the MLAs before President Pratibha Patil.
Meanwhile, top official sources in the Central government said due process will be followed on the governor's report and there is no urgency on the part of the home ministry to act on it.
"The governor has sent the report in a hurry. There is a sense in the government that Bhardwaj has exceeded his brief," the sources said.
They said there appears to be a personality clash between the chief minister and the Governor and this could be one of the reasons for sending the report just two days after the Supreme Court verdict. Nothing is going to happen soon, the sources said.