A day after the BJP government won the trust vote in Karnataka, the Congress trained its guns on Assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, saying the “majority was manufactured in Delhi and marketed in Bangalore by him”.
The party-backed Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, said he could not have remained a “mute spectator” to the evolving situation. The defence came two days after the party had sought to distance itself from him.
“The governor was well within his rights to respond to the situation created by violating the 10th schedule. Can a governor remain a mute spectator if the legislators bring the violation to his notice?” Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said.
Criticising the Speaker, he said there are apprehensions in Karnataka that someone else wrote the verdict. “When you do not follow the rules, such apprehensions are bound to arise.”
On the disqualification of 16 legislators, he claimed that the Speaker took the decision two hours before the trust motion was taken up for a voice vote.
Such ruling, Tewari said, was fraught with serious consequences particularly for small states, some of which often faced political crisis.
On his part, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said the “unprecedented pandemonium in the assembly was a blot on the fair name of Karnataka.”
“The way the session was conducted, all kinds of people were getting in...I was distressed that such a thing should have happened,” he said.