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Governor to address joint session: no constitutional impropriety

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Bangalore, Feb 23 (UNI) Brushing aside the Congress leaders demand Karnataka Governor T N Chaturvedi today said he will address the joint session of the state legislature here tomorrow, though it is 'unprecedented' in the annals of the country.

Addressing newsmen at the Raj Bhavan, Mr Chaturvedi said that his address would be as per Article 175 (1) of the Constitution. Stating that there were several factors behind his decision to address the session, the second he would be making after the first one on January 19, he said it was his duty to inform the people the direction of the Government.

Stating that the new JD(S)-BJP Coalition Government had invited him to address the session, the Governor said the other factor that made him to address the session was the element of uncertainty on governance which prevailed in the State for some time resulting in lack of sense of direction in administration.

A delegation of Congress and like minded parties, headed by former Chief Minister N Dharam Singh met the Governor last evening and had urged him not to address the session as the fate of the previous address was still undecided.

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