A day after Karnataka governor HR Bhardwaj sent a special report to union home ministry recommending President's Rule in the state, the Centre on Monday adopted a cautious approach, indicating that no action was likely soon.
Highly placed sources said given the timing of the governor's report, nothing was expected in the near future. The Centre, however, may want to keep the sword hanging on the BJP's only government in the south, by not announcing any decision on the report in a hurry.
With the completion of two years in office of UPA-II barely a week away, and the satisfactory performance of the Congress party in the recently-declared assembly election results, the government seems disinclined to raise political temperatures at this juncture.
The BJP-led NDA launched a fresh battle with Bhardwaj, taking the issue to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. A delegation of top party leaders headed NDA chairman LK Advani revived the demand for the governor's recall.
After meeting the PM, Advani said the delegation had been assured by him that "nothing unconstitutional will be done".
In Bangalore, the Yeddyurappa cabinet passed a resolution demanding Bhardwaj's removal.
The BJP MLAs led by the chief minister left for Delhi for a parade before President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday. The move is aimed at proving that the state government has a majority.
The Congress reacted by saying that the BJP government in Karnataka was illegal.
"After October 11, 2010, it is an illegal government in Karnataka based on a manufactured majority through abuse of the constitutional office," said party spokesperson, Manish Tewari.
Though the general feeling among the NDA leaders was that Bhardwaj's second recommendation in seven months to impose President's rule in Karnataka would also be rejected, but support from other opposition parties was not forthcoming.
CPM general secretary Prakash Karat demanded the resignation of the Yeddyurappa government, saying it had lost the legitimacy to continue in office.