Karnataka governor may ask Shettar to prove majority
Bangalore: Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj Friday said that he may ask Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to prove his majority in the wake of 13 BJP legislators deciding to quit the assembly. "I have summoned records from the assembly (on the strength of the parties) and if necessary will direct the chief minister to prove majority," Bhardwaj told reporters here.
The state legislature is meeting for the budget session February 4. Shettar wants to present the 2013-14 budget February 8. The 13 legislators are loyal to Bharatiya Janata Party's former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and are quitting the assembly as part of a plan to prevent Shettar from presenting the budget.
Yeddyurappa, who quit the BJP and the assembly November 30 to head the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), wants Shettar's minister to resign and not go in for the budget session as assembly elections are due in May.
Bhardwaj said he asked the government to ensure early return of Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, whose whereabouts since Wednesday have been a mystery. The governor's move follows the 13 BJP rebels petitioning him Wednesday to intervene and ensure the speaker accepts their resignation immediately.