Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur on Tuesday submitted his “final” report on the JD(S)-BJP’s claim to form government to the Centre. He reportedly acknowledged that the parties do command a majority in the House and may need to be invited, but hinted that the new regime may not be very stable.
There was no official confirmation on New Delhi’s thinking following Thakur’s meeting with Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil.
Later, a delegation of state BJP and JD(S) leaders met President Pratibha Patil.
“We explained everything that’s happened in the last 11 days and told her the Governor has not taken a decision despite the BJP-JDS having the majority,” BS Yediyurappa said.
The leaders drew the President’s attention to an earlier Supreme Court observation that the shifting stands of parties cannot be grounds for dissolution of the House.
Four legislators, including former minister HD Revanna, skipped the march to Rashtrapati Bhavan.
In Bangalore, Revanna said: “Why should one knock on the President's doors after a display of support in the presence of the governor? This is sheer thirst for power.”
Sources said HD Deve Gowda, too, was unhappy with the parading of MLAs.
Meanwhile, AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka Prithviraj Chavan said his party did not dispute the numbers of the JD(S)-BJP but doubted its stability.
With inputs from Anil Anand and Shekhar Iyer