Stepping up its protest against Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to launch a five-day State-wide public campaign here on Saturday. The campaign is being taken up in support of its three-point demand seeking recall of the Governor, rejection of his recommendation to the Union Government to impose President Rule in Karnataka and to permit the Government to hold legislature session from June 2.
As part of the campaign, two teams of party leaders, led by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa, will tour 11 districts till May 25 in the first phase. The party will chalk out its second phase of struggle if the Union Government did not heed its demands by May 25.
This was decided at a meeting of BJP office-bearers in Bangalore on Friday. Senior BJP leaders including Mr. Yeddyurappa, Mr. Eshwarappa and national general secretary Ananth Kumar, participated in the meeting.
The team headed by the Chief Minister will address public meetings in Raichur (May 21), Mangalore (May 22), Tumkur (May 23), Kolar (May 24) and Bagalkot (May 25). The team led by Mr. Eshwarappa will tour the districts of Mysore (May 21), Chitradurga and Bellary (May 22), Koppal (May 23), Gulbarga (May 24) and Bidar (May 25). Briefing presspersons after the meeting, Mr. Eshwarappa said processions of party workers would be taken out in every district to be visited by the two teams.
He accused Mr. Bhardwaj of trying to bring down a democratically elected Government through unconstitutional ways and said that he did not have the moral right to continue as Governor.
He alleged that the Opposition Congress and the Janata Dal (S) were resorting to unconstitutional ways through the Governor to topple the BJP Government after the series of defeats they suffered in elections to various bodies.
It is in support of party's three-point demand Second phase to be chalked out after May 25
It is in support of party's three-point demand
Second phase to be chalked out after May 25