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Updated: January 25, 2013 16:53 IST

Governor asks Shettar to prove majority

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File photo of Karnataka Governor H. R. Bhardwaj.
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File photo of Karnataka Governor H. R. Bhardwaj.

Governor H. R. Bhardwaj has asked the Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to take a vote of confidence on the floor of the Legislative Assembly, after the former met a delegation of 13 BJP MLAs led by Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) Chief B.S.Yeddyurappa. This has once again put the Karnataka government in a precarious position.

Speaking to presspersons after attending the National Voters' Day celebrations organised by the Election Commission of India, here, the Governor said that Mr. Yeddyurappa and his supporting MLAs complained against Speaker K.G. Bopaiah that he was not available in his chamber in Vidhana Soudha whey they went to Raj Bhavan to submit a memorandum to him.

The Karnataka Governor earlier on Friday said that he would direct the Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to provide majority at the first instance even before the Budget session. "I will study the relative strength and then speak to the Chief Minister. Mr. Shettar is likely to meet me later today."

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the passing out and attestation parade of 178 Sub Inspectors (Direct Entry) of the Border Security Force here, he said that he would look at the party’s strength in the Assembly soon.

His comments come in the light of 13 BJP MLAs owing allegiance to Mr. Yeddyurappa, announcing their resignation from the Assembly. Infact, they had tried to meet the Speaker K.G. Bopaiah on Wednesday. However, when they could not find the speaker, they had met the Governor and explained their stand.

Asked if he had summoned the speaker K.G. Bopaiah, Governor said that he could not do so as the Speaker is an independent authority. "The 13 MLAs including two Cabinet Minister have complained to me that the Speaker is missing. I have urged Mr. Shettar to be in touch with the Speaker."

This BJP (including KJP) govt in Karnataka forgot who brought them to power and why they are in power.

In last 6 years they destroyed Karnataka image really badly and they became super rich.

Unfortunately there is no opposition party which is good in Karnataka, Congress and JDS are big brothers of BJP here.

from:  Deshpande
Posted on: Jan 25, 2013 at 18:11 IST

the karnataka government should straight away ask for dissolution of the
house and seek fresh mandate. this would prevent all the horse trading
and unethical back door practices by the gentleman who so desperately
is trying to occupy th CM's chair..leave it to the people to decide ..

from:  suseela
Posted on: Jan 25, 2013 at 17:18 IST

It was the same Governor who administered the oath of office to Mr Shettar just six months back. Knowing Karnataka politics well, Could he have imagined then, that the person being adminsistered oath based on loyalty, support and majority will be devoid of everything within six months. The governor has lived up to the purity of Democracy by counting only the heads and not what the head contains.

from:  S Raghavan
Posted on: Jan 25, 2013 at 16:50 IST

Having known the political interests of the Governor in the past, one can understand that he is trying to fish in the troubled waters.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Jan 25, 2013 at 15:59 IST

Few years before People voted for BJP trusting their honesty and service orientation. But the MLAs , after winning the election had become self-centred like Congress, JD(s) amassing wealth and forgot to serve the people. In the last three years they are only fighting to remain in power by any means. The BJP MLAs had spoiled Bangalore and it has become a city of Garbage dumped at every street corner, besides they render poor homeless just to favour contractors and get money. Like Gadkari, the MLAs and Ministers threaten and try to bring officials to submission using tools like transfer, insignificant posting, etc. Besides they keep spending public money in self propaganda, forcing all govt departments to release advertisements with photos of BJP dignitaries. It is a shame and they should go!!!

from:  sundaram
Posted on: Jan 25, 2013 at 15:00 IST
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