Congress plea to 'dismiss' minority Karnataka govt

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Jagadish Shettar
Bangalore, Dec 15: After trying to put the government on the mat in the recently concluded Assembly session, the opposition Congress in Karnataka today appealed to Governor HR Bhardwaj to dismiss the BJP Government as it has been reduced to a "minority".

State Congress Unit President G Parameshwara and Opposition leader in the assembly Siddaramaiah submitted a memorandum to the Governor urging him to recommend the dismissal of the Jagadish Shettar-led Ministry invoking Article 356 of the Constitution. The Governor told the Congress delegation that he would look into the legal and constitutional aspects.

"There is a constitutional crisis in Karnataka in the wake of the BJP MLAs supporting the BSR Congress floated by former Minister B Sreeramulu and the Karnataka Janata Party led by former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa," said Parameshwara. Fourteen MLAs have been openly supporting Yeddyurappa's party and six BJP legislators are with the BSR Congress

Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah has defended his party's decision of not moving a no-confidence motion against the Government in the assembly, saying "unless we get the support of JDS and BJP rebels, such a motion will not succeed. Considering all these issues, we did not move the motion in the just concluded Assembly session".

The Congress also appealed to the Governor not to give its assent to the Cow Slaughter Ban Bill and also the Private Universities Bill.

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