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BJP to take out protest rally on Sunday

Staff Correspondent

Party demands recall of Governor H.R. Bhardwaj


Bhardwaj accused of attempting to

destabilise Government

‘Governor has no grounds to recommend President's Rule'




REVEALING PLANS:Anwar Manippadi (centre), in charge of the district affairs of the BJP, at a press conference in Chitradurga on Friday.

Chitradurga: The district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party will take out a protest rally here on May 22 demanding the recall of Governor H.R. Bhardwaj.

Anwar Manippadi, who is in charge of party affairs in the district, and chairman of the Karnataka Minorities Commission, told presspersons here on Friday that the protest was against what he described as the “unconstitutional” act of Mr. Bhardwaj.

“Mr. Bhardwaj has been inimical to the BJP from the very beginning and attempting to destabilise the Government. He has made his intentions clear on several occasions by refusing to approve various resolutions passed by the Government,” Mr. Manippadi alleged.

Referring to Mr. Bhardwaj's special report to Union Government , Mr. Manippadi said that such a question would arise only when the administration had collapsed and the law and order situation was threatened. “No such situation is prevailing in the State and the Government enjoys a majority. Hence, the Governor cannot recommend President's Rule invoking Article 356 of the Constitution,” he said.

Asked whether the participation of Ministers in the protest would not hamper the development schemes, Mr. Manippadi said that the Governor had not yet permitted the Government to convene the Assembly session to discuss development projects and hence the party had no other choice but to take the matter to streets.

On the allegations that the BJP too had acted undemocratically by resorting to ‘Operation Lotus', he said the MLAs had joined the BJP only after “accepting the principles and ideology” of the BJP. Besides, they all got re-elected, he said.

Regarding the Opposition parties' demand for the resignation of Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, Mr. Manippadi said there was no need for him to resign because he had only discharged his constitutional duty.

He said that during the May 22 protest, several leaders of the party and Ministers would participate.

G.H. Thippareddy, MLC; Siddesh Yadav, president of the party's district unit; and M. Chandrappa, MLA, were present.

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