Ball in Yeddyurappa’s court; BJP to start protest rally

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BS Yeddyurappa and HR Bharadwaj
Bangalore, May 20: There"s more trouble for the common man on the roads in Karnataka. With the aam aadmi having to bear the brunt of the public spat between the Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa and Governor HR Bharadwaj that saw roadblocks and protests in many parts of the state, it looks like there are more such hindrances in the pipeline.

After the Congress managed to create some ruckus on Bangalore roads, now the BJP in Karnataka is slated to begin a state wide agitation from Bangalore against the Governor"s decision of not giving the go-ahead for holding the Assembly session from June 2. With the Governor"s report to the Centre not making a dent in Yeddyurappa"s image and still managing to showcase his majority in front of the President, the ball seems to have suddenly shifted to the CM"s court.

Yeddyurappa had apparently given the ultimatum to the Governor and a deadline of 5 pm on Wednesday to give the clearance for conducting routine proceedings in the floor of the house. The deadline meanwhile, was extended to 10pm on Thursday. With no word from the Governor, Yeddyurappa is all set to embark on a rally from the Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Bangalore.

The Governor in spite of displaying affection and camaraderie in public and calling the CM “friend" still hopes to flex his muscles in the present scenario. Bharadwaj has stated that he would want to wait till the Central Government responds to his report that sought for President"s rule in the state before giving the green signal to start the session.

In a further development, the BJP has decided to give the Governor one more deadline to convene the Joint Assembly session as stated by BJP"S State Party President K S Eshwarappa on Friday. The extended deadline is May 25.

The State Law Minister Suresh Kumar was quoted as saying that the Governor's clearance was sought for the second time on Monday with no response from his end. Suresh Kumar and six other Cabinet colleagues in a joint press conference called the Governor"s action as 'deliberate and unconstitutional'.

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