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Karnataka Crisis
Governor recommends President’s rule

Bangalore, October 8
Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur today recommended imposition of President’s rule in the state and the dissolution of the state Assembly following the fall of the JD(S)-BJP coalition ministry, paving the way for fresh elections.

Minutes after Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy submitted resignation of his council of ministry, the Governor sent a report to the union home ministry recommending President’s rule and dissolution of the Assembly, Raj Bhavan sources said.

On being bluntly told by the Governor that the numbers were not in his favour in the wake of the BJP withdrawing support to the government headed by him, Kumaraswamy dropped plans to face a floor test and tendered his resignation.

This has been the second coalition ministry to collapse in Karnataka since the 2004 Assembly elections that threw up a fractured mandate.

In January last, the Congress-JD(S) coalition led by N. Dharam Singh was toppled by Kumaraswamy, who later formed the government with the BJP support and became the Chief Minister.

Following refusal by the JD(S) to transfer power to the BJP in tune with the power-sharing pact entered into between the parties, the saffron party pulled down the Kumaraswamy ministry yesterday.

Earlier during the day, Kumaraswamy did a U-turn and agreed to tender letter of support to the BJP to enable it to form the government.

“I told my MLAs to handover the letter of support if they want the government to continue. In this exercise, they can even ignore me”, Kumaraswamy told the press.

A source in JD(S) said its legislators signed the letter of support but it could not be delivered to the BJP in the wake the saffron party high command not showing interest to accept the JD(S) support.

Kumaraswamy said “I don’t want to continue. I asked my MLAs to handover support...” and remained evasive when asked if whether BJP did not come forward to form the government.

Kumaraswamy was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the JD(S)-BJP coalition government on October 3 last year after a coup of sorts in which the JD (S) brought down the Dharam Singh-led Congress-JD(S) government. Kumaraswamy, who held talks with his father and JD (S) supremo H.D Deve Gowda after meeting the Governor in the morning, later addressed a meeting of the JD (S) legislature party. Soon after he drove directly to the Raj Bhavan along with transport minister R.Cheluvarayaswamy and submitted his resignation to Thakur.

Kumaraswamy, who was with the Governor for nearly 30 minutes, later left directly for CM’s home office “Krishna” by a private vehicle.

The collapse of the coalition government came a day after the BJP withdrew its support following the JD (S) failure to keep the promise of transferring power to the BJP as per agreement 20 months ago.

Emboldened by the verdict of the urban local body election in which the JD (S) had made significant gains, the party decided not to hand over power to the BJP, questioning the latter's communal credentials. — UNI, PTI

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