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President's rule to be imposed in K'taka

The Parliament adopts a resolution for approving President's rule, thereby ending a political drama.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2007 21:42 IST

The stage is set for dissolution of the Karnataka Assembly with the Parliament on Monday, adopting a resolution for imposition of President's Rule in the state, finally ending a bizarre political drama.

The drama, involving JD(S), BJP and Congress, saw three governments in the span of some 40 months, one led by the Congress and the other by the JD(S) while the BJP-led dispensation became a seven-day wonder.

The curtain was rung down with the Lok Sabha approving the Presidential proclamation closely followed by the Rajya Sabha amid assertions by Home Minister Shivraj Patil that the Assembly would be dissolved at the earliest.

There were charges and counter-charges in both the Houses with former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda becoming emotional while warding off charges of being "power hungry" levelled by the BJP.

The discussion in the Lok Sabha saw BJP leader Anant Kumar accusing Gowda as a "betrayer" and demanding that fresh election in the southern state be held immediately.

First Published: Nov 26, 2007 21:35 IST

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