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Karnataka CM dares the Governor to unseat him

Bangalore: Exactly a day after Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj put Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa in the dock, the wounded Chief Minister on Saturday reacted angrily.

“On the basis of complaint, in the history of India or Karnataka did anybody resign? Why I should resign? I will not,” said Yeddyurappa.

Yeddyurappa, who locked himself up in his house since Friday evening, finally came out all guns blazing and dared the Governor to unseat him.

“My party leaders will meet the President on Monday,” said Yeddyurappa.

The talk happened after a bandh in the state made life difficult for the common man, but the BJP used that as public protest against the governor’s action.

The BJP national leadership was all fire and rage and two BJP spokespersons briefed the media at the same time – Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Delhi and Javedekar in Chennai.

“No question of the Chief Minister quitting,” said BJP National Spokesperson Rajeev Prathap Rudy.

Support came to the Governor from the Union home minister P Chidambaram in a brief statement. Law minister M Veerappa Moily accused the BJP of protecting the corrupt.

“BJP is defending corrupt people,” said M Veerappa Moily.

Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda also talked in same tune and said, “He should resign.”

The two advocates, who have got Governor’s consent, have filed cases against the Chief Minister in a special court in Bangalore.

The court is likely to examine the merits of the case on Monday.

Karnataka BJP hopes that its national leadership will take on the UPA and will save its only government in the South from a hostile governor.

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