Karnataka crisis: Cong, BJP in war of words
Relying on different sets of arguments, the BJP and the Congress raised the political heat on Monday over Karnataka governor HR Bhardwaj's report to the Centre recommending dismissal of the state government.india Updated: May 17, 2011 00:23 IST
Relying on different sets of arguments, the BJP and the Congress raised the political heat on Monday over Karnataka governor HR Bhardwaj's report to the Centre recommending dismissal of the state government.
While the BJP insisted it had the majority in the House and demanded the governor's recall over "unconstitutionality", the Congress asserted the Karnataka government had become illegal after it "manufactured" a majority in October last year, citing the recent Supreme Court ruling to prove its point.
Away from this political slugfest, the Centre seemed in no hurry to take a call on the governor's report.
The BJP's prime contention is that the government's survival can only be hinged on a floor test in the House and that the governor has to convene an assembly session if the chief minister asks for it. The Congress, however, is citing the recent Supreme Court ruling that set aside the assembly Speaker's disqualification of 11 rebel BJP MLAs before the vote to argue that there can be no claim of the government's "legitimacy with manufactured majorities".
The BJP upped the ante from morning itself both in Delhi and Bangalore.
While Arun Jaitley even questioned the Supreme Court's judgment in an article, Advani felt it had come as a "blessing in disguise" for the BJP, as it had increased its House strength.
Congress leader Manish Tewari however tore into the BJP's arguments, saying the Karnataka government had become illegal after the apex court's indictment of the Speaker over the disqualification of MLAs.
In Bangalore, the Karnataka Cabinet sent another resolution to the governor to convene the Assembly from June 2. As the session they want summoned is part of the budget session, the BJP plans to prove its majority through the passage of financial business.
First Published: May 17, 2011 00:22 IST