BJP takes Karnataka battle to Delhi

May 16th, 2011 - 9:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi/Bangalore, May 16 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday mounted pressure on the central government not to dismiss its ministry in Karnataka as Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa landed in the national capital with all his 120 legislators.

As Yeddyurappa and the 120 party legislators wait in New Delhi for a meeting with President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Karnataka will be hit Tuesday by pro and anti-Governor H.R. Bhardwaj rallies.

The BJP will hold demonstrations against Bhardwaj in all the 30 districts of the state, Karnataka BJP president K.S. Eshwarappa announced.

The Congress said it will hold rallies at several places in support of Bhardwaj’s recommendation dismissing the “corrupt Yeddyurappa government”.

Yeddyurappa and BJP want to parade the state lawmakers in front of Patil to prove his ministry has majority in the 225-member assembly and Bhardwaj’s recommendation to dismiss it should be rejected.

“Our central leaders are in touch with the president’s office for an appointment. We hope to know about it after reaching Delhi,” BJP spokesperson and former central minister V. Dhananjaya Kumar told reporters at the Bangalore airport.

Former BJP president and Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka M. Venkaiah Naidu said: “We have taken this as a political challenge and will fight.”

Yeddyurappa said he was “100 percent confident that prime minister will not accept the unconstitutional recommendation of the governor”.

On a day of hectic political activity, the Yeddyurappa cabinet decided to convene the assembly to meet for 10 days from June 2 and sought Bhardwaj’s nod for it, Law Minister S. Suresh Kumar said.

The BJP legislators’ party also met and passed a resolution stating it unanimously supports Yeddyurappa’s leadership, Dhananjaya Kumar said.

After the meeting, legislators led by Eshwarappa held a noisy demonstration at Gandhi Statue in the heart of the city demanding the immediate recall of Bhardwaj.

The rally was held at the statue, dropping plans to stage it in front of Raj Bhavan. Yeddyurappa, who was expected to lead the protest at Raj Bhavan, however stayed away from the demonstration at Gandhi Statue.

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