BSY brinkmanship blooms bigger

BANGALORE: Even as the “power play” by the warring BJP factions is reaching a new high with former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa fielding his own candidate to the Rajya Sabha biennial polls,

Published: 20th March 2012 02:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:38 PM   |  A+A-

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United front: State BJP president K S Eshwarappa (2 R) and Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda (C) addressing the media in Bangalore on Monday | EPS

BANGALORE: Even as the “power play” by the warring BJP factions is reaching a new high with former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa fielding his own candidate to the Rajya Sabha biennial polls, the Raj Bhavan, is watching the developments from a close quarter. It, however, has decided not to intervene until the situation further precipitates.

Sources in the Raj Bhavan said that Governor H R Bharadwaj, though keeping a close vigil on developments in the BJP, is unlikely to intervene unless until one of the warring factions petition him to do so.

“There is no scope or necessity for the Governor’s intervention. We too are watching these developments like any other citizen,” the sources said.

Asked what if the Opposition demands for the Governor’s intervention, they said: “Since the Legislature session has been already convened, the floor is the right place to decide such matters.”

“If the Opposition feels that the government is no longer enjoying majority, let them move a no-confidence motion. We are not concerned whether someone is attending or abstaining from the Budget session,” the sources added when asked on the alleged move by legislators supporting Yeddyurappa to abstain from the session.

Another reason for the Raj Bhavan to tread a cautious path is that whenever the Governor intervened, the ruling party got united and bounced back on him and accused Raj Bhavan of making attempts to “topple a democratically elected government”.

“Let them resolve the issue on their own. If we intervene, chances of them uniting and criticising us is more. Let it be resolved in the Legislature — the best place to do so,” they added.

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