The former Chairman of the Legislative Council Veeranna Mathikatti and the former Union Minister Basavaraj Rayareddy on Friday said that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had subverted the Constitution to further his fortunes. However, he, in the process, is caught in a vicious circle.

Speaking to presspersons, they advised him and the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders to introspect on their five-day State-wide protest against Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, unmindful of the constitutional obligation of a ruling party not to attack a constitutional functionary who had administered the oath of office to them.

Mr. Mathikatti denied the charge that the Union Government was trying to destabilise the BJP Government in the State. He said that there were other States ruled by different Opposition parties, including the BJP in Madhya Pradesh.

Only the Karnataka Government is facing such a situation because of its own misdeeds. “Dissolve the Assembly and get fresh mandate from the people,” he told the BJP.

Recalling Mr. Yeddyurappa's rejection of the Opposition demand for convening the House for discussing “his failure” in fulfilling housing needs of eight lakh flood-ravaged people in north Karnataka region, the distribution of Cauvery river water and the ill-effects of the Krishna River Water Tribunal award on farmers, Mr. Mathikatti asked where was the hurry to convene a legislature session now.

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