The BJP continued to accuse Karnataka governor HR Bharadwaj of destabilising the state government on Tuesday, but tactically agreed to take another floor test Thursday in line with his advice. However, party brass led by LK Advani has requested for a meeting with the Prime Minister on Wednesday to complain against the governor.
The party says that as the HC has not ruled against the Speaker, they can pass the floor test again. However, sources say that one BJP MLA is suspected to be close to JD-S, adding that this problem may be addressed by two Opposition MLAs, who may cross over to BJP. They also say the Speaker's disqualifying 16 MLAs is legally valid.
After a meeting with the BJP leaders along with Karnataka MLAs at L.K. Advani's residence here, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said, "His Excellency the governor of Karnataka has asked me to take the vote of confidence once again on October 14. We are ready for the vote of confidence. We are confident we have the numbers."
A Karnataka BJP leader said it was better to go for another floor test rather than parading its MLAs before the President. "If JD(S) and Congress MLAs create a ruckus again, they can be taken out by marshals..." said a Karnataka BJP leader.
Earlier in the day, the party attacked Bharadwaj. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley accused the governor of attempting to destabilise the government. "MLAs defying the anti-defection law have been virtually operating from the Raj Bhawan," Jaitley said.
On the party going by the governor's advice despite attacking him, Karnataka Law Minister Sureshkumar said: "The governor gave this suggestion after recommending President's rule. This question, therefore, should be asked elsewhere."
Party managers claim that the Speaker's decision to disqualify MLAs was legally correct. "The rebels had suggested through their actions that they had relinquished their memberships," said a BJP leader.