Centre seeks RS approval for dissolution of Karnataka Assembly

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New Delhi, Nov 26 (UNI) Home Minister Shivraj Patil today moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha for its approval of the Proclamation bringing Karnataka under President's Rule and keeping the Assembly under suspended animation to pave way for dissolution of the House and fresh elections.

Moving the Resolution, Mr Patil said the approval of the Presidential Proclamation by Parliament wouild enable the Centre to dissolve the assembly and announce dates for fresh elections.

Mr Patil dwelt at length on the circumstances that led to the imposition of President's rule in the state after the assembly was kept under suspended animation.

He said the BJP-JD(S) coalition which had staked claim to form a government was unable to prove its majority in the 224-member House.

No other party or group was in a position to form the government.

The President then issued proclamation on November 20 under Article 356 (1) of the Constitution bringing the state under President's Rule.

The Proclamation will have to be ratified by both Houses of Parliament in two months' time as per the provisions of the Constitution and the relevant Supreme Court rulings.

Later participating in the debate, BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu launched a blistering attack on the Congress for taking recourse to 'immoral and unethical political measures' in preventing the BJP-JD (S) coalition from forming the government in the southern state.

Mr Naidu also criticised the role of the Karnataka Governor in the entire episode. ''The Governor made inordinate delay in inviting the coalition partners to form the government when 129 members had paraded before him,'' he said.

Dismissing the Congress' allegation that the BJP was power-hungry, he said this charge would go well for those who were making the allegations.

The BJP leader also severely criticised the JD(S) for reneging on the understanding the two alliance partners had entered into while forming the government.

He said there was now a groundswell of public support and sympathy for the wrongs committed against it by the Centre, the state Governor and the JD(S).


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