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Guv favours Central rule in Karnataka
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, November 19
Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur recommended Central rule in the state after the BJP refused to give in to Gowdas’ demands and was forced to see its first Chief Minister in the South resign after one week in office on Monday. JD (S) chief H. D. Deve Gowda and son Kumaraswamy chose to pull the rug even though the BJP was ready to make one concession to Deve Gowda.

It mooted the idea that the state presidents of the respective parties sign the memorandum of understanding (MoU) put forward by the JD (S) on their respective party letter heads. But Gowda, who wanted a controlling say in the coalition government and wanted B. S. Yeddyurappa to put in his signatures on a stamped paper, refused to accept the sop.

Kumaraswamy on his part found it difficult to overrule his father with the BJP also refusing to hand over the mines and urban development portfolios to the JD (S).

Gowda set the ball rolling this morning by directing JD (S) legislators to oppose the trust vote which was to be moved by Yeddyurappa in a specially convened session of the Assembly.

Gowda claimed the JD (S) was withdrawing support because the BJP had refused to sign the MoU submitted to it and because it wanted to take back former minister Sriramulu in the state cabinet. Sriramulu had submitted a complaint to the Bellary police alleging then Chief Minister wanted to liquidate him.

Yeddyurappa on his part introduced the trust vote in the House in the afternoon even as attempts were made till the last minute to win over Gowda. However, when it became known that Gowda was leaving for Delhi at 4 pm, Yeddyurappa threw in the towel by abruptly rising from his chair and announcing he would tender his resignation as he did not enjoy the confidence of the House.

Amidst shouts of “shame, shame” by the Congress benches, Yeddyurappa left the House to submit his resignation to Governor Rameshwar Thakur. After coming out of Raj Bhawan he immediately arrived back at the steps of the Vidhan Soudha to hold a protest against the turn of events.

The BJP leader said he had been ‘cheated’ by his coalition partner and that this was the worst betrayal he had seen in his life. He said his party had earlier also planned to go back to the people when the JD (S) refused to transfer power to it and even now it would follow the same course.

“I will lead a statewide rally from tomorrow itself to expose the JD (S) which promised us unconditional support and then went back on their words. All I can say is that the JD (S) can do anything and everything for the sake of power,” said Yeddyurappa, adding he hoped the people of Karnataka would appreciate the spirit of the BJP which now wanted immediate elections so that the people could decide on the issue for themselves. He said he had made a similar request to the Governor also.

Explaining his decision to resign, Yeddyurappa said he was sick of the demands of the JD (S) which had earlier agreed to follow the coalition dharma signed between the parties 21 months back.

“However, soon afterwards they started bargaining telling us include this person, do not include that one and give us mines and geology as well as urban development and so on,” he said.

The JD (S), meanwhile, tried to justify its action by putting the blame on the BJP. Party spokesman Y.S. V Datta said the party did not want to withdraw support from the BJP but was forced to do so after the saffron party took it for granted.

“They did not even hold discussions on the 12-point MoU forwarded by us even though we were ready to make changed if needed.”

He also claimed the BJP did not show appropriate respect for Deve Gowda with senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha not deigning it fit enough to even pay a courtesy call on Gowda despite being in the city since yesterday.

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