Party delegation meets leaders in Delhi
Governor to submit report to President today
Prakash discusses developments with Governor
Bangalore: A delegation of Congress leaders from the State on Friday called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and the Congress general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Prithiviraj Chavan and sought the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly.
Governor Rameshwar Thakur is slated to submit a comprehensive report on the political developments in the State to President Pratibha Patil and the Prime Minister on Saturday.
The State Congress leaders told The Hindu that the Prime Minister had told them that he was awaiting the Governor’s report and the next step would be according to the constitutional guidelines.
The Congress leaders have also sought appointments with the All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Law Minister H .R. Bharadwaj to impress upon them that the Union Government should refrain from giving its nod to what they termed an “unholy political combination comprising the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) which would end up in providing an unstable government.”
The Congress leaders have carried a detailed memorandum drafted by president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee M. Mallikarjun Kharge, which was submitted on Thursday to the Governor.
The delegation comprising the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the former Ministers R.V. Deshpande and Kagodu Thimmappa and the former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Ramesh Kumar among others has sought to clarify to the Congress high command that permitting the formation of a Bharatiya Janata Party-Janata Dal (Secular) Government in Karnataka would result in an “unstable coalition Government,” given the nature of the political developments over the past fortnight.
Mr. Deshpande told The Hindu here: “We have sought to clarify that the S.R. Bommai (1994) and Nitish Kumar (2005) cases pertaining to the imposition of President’s Rule and dissolution of the Assembly are different from the present political developments in Karnataka. Here the two parties — the Janata Dal (Secular) and the BJP — had run a coalition Government for 20 months, fallen apart and have regrouped again under strange circumstances and have staked claim to form a Government merely borne out of ‘their lust for power”. During the intervening period between October 8 (when H.D. Kumaraswamy resigned) and October 27 when they reg+rouped, the leaders of the two parties had used derogatory language against each other in public.”
Mr. Deshpande told the Congress central leaders that the former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda had imposed a string of 12 conditions to the BJP and “it is highly unlikely that a national party like the BJP will agree to such conditions. Further, Mr. Deve Gowda had also refused to withdraw his letter to the Governor and the President written on October 24 wherein he has sought dissolution of the Assembly and immediate elections”.
In another development on Friday, the former Deputy Chief Minister, M.P. Prakash called on the Governor and discussed the political developments in the State.
Mr. Prakash has, however, made it clear to Mr. Deve Gowda that he would remain in the mainstream of the Janata Dal (Secular) but would not be part of a BJP-led Government in case the President’s Rule was revoked and the Governor invited B.S. Yeddyurappa to form a government.