New Delhi: The BJP has stepped up its demand to recall Karnataka governor HR Bhardwaj but sources have told CNN-IBN that the Centre is unlikely to accept the Governor's recommendation to dismiss the BS Yeddyurappa government.
NDA delegation on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and conveyed their grievances against Karnataka Governor Hansraj Bhardwaj. The delegation said, Bhardwaj's move of asking for dismissal of Yeddyurappa's government is totally unconstitutional.
Arun Jaitley, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, has also demanded that the Centre recall the Governor with immediate effect.
"NDA strongly condemns the action of Governor of Karnataka. The Governor's conduct is partisan and defies all constitutional norms," said Jaitley.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani, after meeting the Prime Minister, said, "Karnataka CM has already told the Governor he wants to call the session of the Vidhan Sabha...the Governor cannot refuse CM's request."
"We told the PM that Governors recommendation should be rejected. PM has told us that the Government will not take any unconstitutional step," said Advani.
"The decision of the SC is a blessing in disguise for the BJP. The SC decision has enhanced our majority in the house," he added.
In Bangalore, Yeddyurappa, who is leading the agitation against his Excellency Mr Bhardwaj, protested outside the Raj Bhavan and questioned the motive behind Bhardwaj's report.
"The Governor should explain, because we have absolute majority," said Yeddyurappa.
Ever since Yeddyurappa government came back to power three years back, it has to face some kind of political crisis or other every two or three months.
In a 225 member assembly the BJP has the support of 108 members at present. With the Supreme Court reinstating the membership of 11 BJP MLAs, who had earlier rebelled against Yeddyurappa but who have now expressed their support to him, the BJP's tally has gone up to 119. Moreover, the six independent MLAs, who too had earlier rebelled, are now back with BJP, which takes the party's tally to a comfortable majority of 125.
The opposition camp with a combined strength of 71 Congress MLAs and 26 JDS MLAs gets stranded at 97.
But despite the numbers against it, the Congress has accused the BJP of having lost the moral right to continue.
"The BJP government is unconstitutional," said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewary.
Though there aren't too many takers for Bhardwaj's report at the moment at the centre, the BJP doesn't want to take any chances. As proof of their majority in Karnataka, all 127 MLAs are going to be paraded before the president on Tuesday.
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Monday arrived in Delhi with his MLAs saying he is ready to parade them before the president to prove his majority.