President's Rule imposed in Karnataka; assembly under animation

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) President's Rule was imposed in Karnataka today but the state assembly kept under suspended animation in the wake of the resignation of the 7-day-old BJP-led coalition government, headed by Mr B S Yeddyurappa, yesterday.

President Pratibha Patil signed the proclamation to bring the state under President's Rule on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet.

The Cabinet had met this morning, before the departure of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for Singapore, and decided to accept Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur's recommendation in this regard. The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs had deliberated on the report of the Governnor last night and wanted the Cabinet to take the decision.

The UPA government will approach both Houses of Parliament at the earliest to get the decision ratified and simultaneously seek dissolution of the state assembly, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

Citing Supreme Court judgements on the S R Bommai and the Bihar dissolution cases, he said a State Assembly cannot be dissolved without the consent of Parliament, and till then it was to be kept under suspended animation.

Minister Of State in the Prime Minister's Office Prithviraj Chauhan said it was a good decision to end uncertainty in the State.

''We have already told the Governor after October 3 that no stable government could be formed in the State,'' he said.

''The Congress will seek a fresh mandate and provide a stable government,'' he added.

The political crisis in Karnataka deepened yesterday with the Janata Dal (S), which extended support to the BJP to form a coalition Government in the state, deciding to vote against the confidence motion in the Assembly.

Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, however, decided to face the confidence motion but resigned minutes before the voting. He later submitted his resignation to the Governor.

Later, Janata Dal (S) Legislature Party leader H D Kumaraswamy revealed that the decision to withdraw the support was taken on Sunday after BJP Chief Rajnath Singh turned down the ''suggestions'' of Party supremo and former Prime Minister Deve Gowda.

Meanwhile, hours after tendering his resignation Mr Yeddyurappa alleged that the family members of H D Deve Gowda had tried to physically eliminate him.

''If anything happens to me, it will be because of the act of the family members of Mr Gowda and this includes his son H D Kumaraswamy. I will write a will in advance apprehending the actions of the members of the Gowda family,'' said an emotional Mr Yeddyurappa.

The 224-member Karnataka Assembly had earlier also been kept under suspended animation for one month until the suspension was lifted on November 9 after the BJP-JD(S) combine claimed to form the government.


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