Cabinet recommends President's Rule in Karnataka

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New Delhi, Oct 9 (UNI) The Union Cabinet today recommended imposition of President's Rule in Karnataka on the basis of Governor Rameshwar Thakur's report.

The state assembly would, however, be kept under suspended animation until the President's rule is approved by both Houses of Parliament, Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters.

The recommendation would be sent to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and the state is expected to be brought under President's Rule immediately.

The Governor had suggested imposition of President's rule and left the option of dissolution of the state Assembly with the Centre.

Mr Chidambaram said the assembly could not be dissolved as under the Supreme Court verdict in the SR Bommai case it should be kept under suspended animation till the President's rule is ratified by Parliament.

The Governor's recommendation had come in the wake of the resignation of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy yesterday.

Mr Kumaraswamy had resigned in the wake of withdrawal of support to his government by the BJP.

Under an agreement between the Janata Dal (Secular) and the BJP, reached 20 months ago, Mr Kumaraswamy was to hand over power to Mr B S Yediyurappa of the BJP for the remaining 20 months.

The JD(S)-BJP government had assumed power by dislodging the Congress-JD(S) regime.

UNI

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