Panel may not accept Bhardwaj’s report
Nudged by Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj to take a call on his special report, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs — chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh —discussed the report on Friday but was not inclined to accept it.delhi Updated: May 21, 2011 01:49 IST
Nudged by Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj to take a call on his special report, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs — chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh —discussed the report on Friday but was not inclined to accept it.
A government source said it was possible the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) could meet again to discuss the report, if need be. The CCPA discussion took place amid indications that the government was not in a hurry to accept the governor's recommendation. Sources suggested that it could even be rejected.
A source suggested a significant section of the government agreed, in principle, with Bhardwaj’s observations that Karnataka did show signs of breakdown of constitutional mechanism, but had reservations on Raj Bhawan’s prescription.
The meeting discussed the ‘special report’ sent by the governor recommending President’s rule in the state and keeping the assembly in suspended animation, contending that there was a breakdown of Constitutional machinery.
With the BJP threatening to take to the streets in Karnataka, the Centre is likely to formally convey to Bhardwaj the rejection of his recommendation. A decision will be taken at the highest levels of the Centre, "very soon", sources said.
A formal communication from the Centre to the Karnataka governor is expected to pave the way for convening a session of the Assembly, that has been demanded by Yeddyurappa, sources said.
When a ministerial delegation, led by Yeddyurappa, had met the governor on Wednesday and requested him to convene the session to pass the full budget, Bhardwaj had told them that he was waiting for the Centre's decision on his recommendation. He had asked the CM to wait for another day or two to get his approval for the session.