New Delhi: Political crisis in Karnataka has resurfaced again with the Supreme Court overturning the disqualification of 16 Karnataka MLAs (11 BJP, 5 Independent) by the Speaker on the eve of the October 2010 trust vote.

Karnataka Governor Hans Raj Bharadwaj reached Delhi on Saturday and met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh amid demands by the opposition JD(S) and the Congress for the resignation of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa. 

His statement after his meeting with the Prime Minister that “Yeddyurappa should ideally prove majority in the House again once again” set the political circles abuzz with speculations about his future move.

On a question whether he would be advising the Chief Minister to take the floor test afresh after the Supreme Court order, he said "it is too premature" to comment on that.

“Supreme Court has clarified that Lok Sabha speaker and the Chief Minister have acted in violation of constitutional provisions,” he said adding that prescribed procedure was not followed before the proceedings against the rebel MLAs.

“Supreme Court has justified my decision of asking the government to prove its majority in the House,” said Bharadwaj.

“I will write to the state government after studying all legal aspects of the Court’s decision after reaching Bangalore,” he concluded.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari seconded the Governor’s stand on the issue.

Meanwhile, one of the rebel BJP MLAs and former fisheries minister Anand Asnotikar has said that the 11 legislators had never defected from the party and were only demanding a change in leadership.

 

(JPN/Bureau)