The Bhardwaj-Yeddyurappa battle received a new angle when the governor send a report to the central government recommending president rule in Karnataka.
It seems that Bhardwaj demanded his birthday gift from the UPA government as today (Tuesday, May 17) he turned 75.
While Yeddyurappa, with his 122 MLAs were preparing for a march to the presidents office in New Delhi, Bhardwaj asserted, "sack the government (BJP) or else I quit."
Bhardwaj recommended dismissal of the BJP government in the state and was hell-bent on ousting Yeddyurappa and his ardent followers.
Meanwhile, Congress, supporting the governor's demand, started a "rasta roko" campaign that saw many of local Congress leaders getting arrested. Those that courted arrest includes Dr G Parameshwar, President of KPCC, Siddaramaiah, Opposition leader of Karnataka Assembly, Dinesh Gundu Rao and Krishna Bhyre Gowda, both Youth Congress leaders.
However, BJP, after meeting the Prime Minister, has asked for the recall of the governor as they (BJP)are all set to establish their majority with the votes of the rebel MLAs.
Now, it will be interesting to see whether Bhardwaj will manage to bag his birthday gift or not. Though government sources informed that the governor's report was likely to be dismissed.