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Central rule in Karnataka revoked
T.R. Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 8
As expected and going by the report of the Karnataka Governor, Rameshwar Thakur, the Union Cabinet at its meeting held here today decided to revoke Presidentís rule in the state.

After much dithering, the JD (S) decided to back the BJP in keeping with its earlier promise and arrangement. For the first time and barring some influences, the BJP will now have its Chief Minister in B.S. Yediyurappa in Karnataka in a somewhat delicate coalition arrangement.

Both the JD (S) and BJP legislators anxiously await a notification by the Governor inviting the coalition partners to form the government. Following this, the Assembly will have to be convened and Yediuurappa required to prove his majority in the Assembly.

Pushed to the wall as it were on the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal with the Left parties stressing that there is no change in their stand and that the deal should not be operationalised and also with the BJP demanding renegotiating the same, the Congress did not want to lay itself bare to a fresh attack by the opposition on the Karnataka issue which has witnessed some controversial twists and turns.

Senior Congress leaders firmly believed that it might be advisable to steer clear of precipitating matters in Karnataka where the BJP and the JD (S) demanded that the coalition arrangement be continued with Yediyurappa as the Chief Minister. And the constitutional head of the state is bound to explore possibilities of providing a stable and viable alternative government rather than recommending dissolution of the Assembly and going in for fresh elections.

By and large the MLAs are against seeking a fresh mandate from the people when nearly 20 months remained before the term of the Assembly expired. It is in this context that the Cabinetís decision to accept the Governor's final report submitted two days back assumes significance.

The JD (S)-BJP combine had paraded their MLAs before the Governor at the Raj Bhawan in Bangalore and also before President Pratibha Patil in Rashtrapati Bhawan in a show of strength. Despite all this, it is incumbent of the Chief Minister to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly in keeping with the judgement in the S.R. Bommai case.

With the Centre now deciding to revoke President's rule in Karnataka, political activity in the state resumed with added vigour. Some legislators who had returned to their constituencies were all set to return to Bangalore.

Kumaraswamy said in Bangalore that he was happy with the development and cautioned the BJP not to ignore his father and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda failing which there would be problems in the formation of the government.

Both the BJP and the JD (S) leaders are convinced that parading the legislators before the President in the national capital had paid of.



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