Bangalore: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday has decided to launch an agitation outside Raj Bhavan in Bangalore after Governor H R Bhardwaj recommended President's Rule in the state. BJP has also sought Governor's recall from the President

"Governor Hatao, State Bachao andolan will commence today itself," Party spokesman C T Ravi said.

Senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu charged the Governor with "trying to rule the State through back gate".

He said the party would not allow the Governor to "topple" the BJP Government in the state and accused Bhardwaj of trying to "murder democracy".

The Centre should not accept the Governor's recommendation, he told reporters.

The BJP was ready to prove the majority of its government, "whether it's here or in New Delhi," Naidu said, and demanded Bhardwaj's recall.


Yeddyurappa slams Bhardwaj

Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa slammed the Karnataka Governor for recommending dismissal of his government. He on Monday said the actions amounted to an affront to the pride of the people of the state and the mandate given to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"The Congress bosses in Delhi are using the Governor to commit anti-constitutional acts. I will not allow the murder of democracy," Yeddyurappa told reporters.

"The Governor's action amounts to an affront to the pride of the people of Karnataka and also the mandate of people given to BJP,” he added.

The chief minister said that he along with his ministerial colleagues and MLAs will stage a dharna in front of Raj Bhavan on Monday to protest Governor H R Bhardwaj's decision to recommend dismissal of the BJP Government.

He also lashed out the Governor for refusing to meet 10 BJP MLAs when they went to Raj Bhavan to submit their letters of support and described it as an "insult" to elected representatives.

"The Governor's action in recommending dismissal of my government was anti-democratic as it enjoyed the support of 121 members," he said, adding, "Even now I am ready to prove my majority, if the Governor asks me".

He said he will also lead a delegation of MLAs and MPs to Delhi either on Monday or Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to protest against the Governor's action.

Yeddyurappa said the emergent cabinet meeting called on Monday afternoon would take some important decisions.