BJP workers stage protests
in the twin cities
Bharatiya Janata Party workers staged protests against Governor H.R. Bhardwaj in the twin cities on Tuesday. They sought action against the Governor who, they alleged, was acting like a “Congress agent”.
The workers took out a protest march from the Ambedkar statue to the mini-Vidhana Soudha via Lamington Road and Kittur Chennamma Circle.
They held placards and banners criticising the Governor for recommending imposition of President's Rule in the State.
Raising slogans, the protesters reached the mini-Vidhana Soudha where they blocked the road and staged a mock funeral of the Governor.
‘No right to continue'
BJP leaders then addressed the protesters and criticised the Governor.
They said that the Governor did not have the moral right to continue in his post as he had recommended the imposition of President's Rule even though the Chief Minister enjoyed a clear majority.
Led by president of the Hubli-Dharwad Mahanagar Zilla unit of the BJP Mahesh Tenginakai and NWKRTC Chairman Mallikarjun Savakar, the protesters submitted a memorandum addressed to the President to the authorities.
The workers gathered near the Kalabhavan and staged a protest demanding the dismissal of the Governor. They then took out a procession through the main streets of the city and burnt an effigy symbolising Mr. Bhardwaj.
Party leaders, including Mayor Poorna Patil and BJP secretary Sanjay Kapatkar, alleged that instead of performing his constitutional duties and cooperating with the Government, Mr. Bhardwaj had been behaving like a puppet in the hands of the Congress.
From day one, he had been functioning with the one-point agenda of destabilising the Government led by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, they said.
They also criticised Mr. Bhardwaj for reportedly recommending the dismissal of the State Government and imposition of President's Rule following the Supreme Court order setting aside the disqualification of 16 legislators. They said Mr. Bhardwaj was responsible for the political crisis in the State and the Centre should call him back immediately. Otherwise, the BJP members would organise protests throughout the State, they said.
Meanwhile, members of the Janata Dal (United) staged a protest in Dharwad demanding the dismissal of the BJP Government and seeking imposition of President's Rule in the State.
JD(U) leaders Rajashekharaiah Kantimath and F.B. Bhimakkanavar said that imposition of President's Rule was necessary because of the constitutional crisis in the State.
Extending their support to Mr. Bhardwaj, they said the Governor had taken the right step by sending a report to the Union Government on the political developments in the State. The vote of confidence held last time had been invalidated following the Supreme Court order on the disqualification of the 16 legislators.
There are enough reasons to impose President's Rule in the State, they added.
Governor criticised for recommending imposition of President's Rule in the State JD(U) stages protest demanding dismissal of the BJP Government
Governor criticised for recommending imposition of President's Rule in the State
JD(U) stages protest demanding dismissal of
the BJP Government