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Karnataka Crisis
Action shifts to Delhi, Guv stays non-committal
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi/Bangalore, November 5
Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur reached Delhi tonight. Thakur, when asked by newspersons in Karnataka Bhawan, maintained that his visit to Delhi was in connection with an ongoing seminar on federalism. He declined a direct answer to a question if he would submit his report on Karnataka political situation to the Centre.

Meanwhile, Over 100 BJP and JD(S) legislators left for New Delhi tonight to parade in front of President Pratibha Patil urging to invite the two parties to form the next alternative government in Karnataka. The 129 MLAs led by joint legislature party leader of BJP and JD(S) B.S. Yeddyuappa were expected to meet the President tomorrow evening.

The Governor, who had held a meeting with the BJP delegation which had called on him last evening, is said to have told it to furnish a letter supporting former Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy’s claim that his party’s support was “unconditional”. The BJP, however, denied that any such demand had been made, but could not come up with a letter on this score nevertheless.

The BJP, which has been talking about parading all 129 legislators supporting the BJP-JD (S) coalition since the last week, finally managed to get its act together by convincing the JD (S) to support the move. Legislators from both parties will reach Delhi tonight on a special flight and will be paraded before the President tomorrow.

Kumaraswamy said today that though there was no need to parade the legislators before the President, he had acceded to the BJP invitation so that the media did not construe his refusal otherwise. He said the JD (S), on its part, had submitted individual affidavits of all its legislators as well as those supporting it, besides announcing it would offer unconditional support to the BJP-led front. “The ball is now in the Governor’s court,” he said, adding the JD (S) had, on its part, submitted all necessary documents as per constitutional provisions.

The Governor is slated to meet home minister Shivraj Patil tonight to brief him about the political developments in the state after he sent an interim report on October 31. The Governor will submit the opinion obtained from legal and constitutional experts to the home minister besides outlining the entire events, including meeting with Kumaraswamy and the BJP leadership as well as the dharna staged by the BJP. The report contains annexures by way of newspaper clippings and also representations submitted by the Congress as well as intellectuals ever since the President’s rule was promulgated. The Congress, meanwhile, launched its “Jan Andolan” campaign at a largely attended public meeting at the Palace Grounds here. Three Union Ministers Oscar Fernandes, M.V. Rajasekaran and K.H. Muniyappa attended the rally and said fresh elections to the state assembly were the only way forward.

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