The Union Cabinet appears not to be in a hurry to act on the recommendation to impose President’s rule in Karnataka even as the Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa gears up to parade his MLAs before the Governor at Raj Bhavan later this evening.
The Cabinet Committee which had a divided view on the Governor’s recommendation had decided to let the Cabinet decide on the matter. Sources now say that the Union Cabinet has decided on bringing about a quietus on the issue and may not decide on anything anytime soon. On one hand they would not want to reject the report as it would show their own Governor in poor light while on the other rejecting it may have some disastrous consequences such as setting of a precedent and also the fact that it could be the end for the Congress in Karnataka. Another indication is that the union cabinet has not even indicated any urgency to discuss the issue and this clearly shows that it is not keen on acting on the report for the moment.
The meeting between Yeddyurappa and the Governor will be an interesting one today. Apart from parading his MLAs at the Raj Bhavan, Yeddyurappa would also request the Governor to convene the legislative session on June 2. An earlier demand to convene the session was not acted upon by the Governor.
The Governor’s decision on whether he would want to convene the session immediately or not would be an indicator of what exactly would happen to his report. If he does agree to convene the session then it would become clear that there is no action on his report. However if the Governor feels that the Union Government may even consider his report then there is every likelihood of him of delaying the session further.
The Governor however continues to be hopeful that the centre will accept his report. He has made it clear at Bangalore that he had not acted in haste and there are enough and more grounds to seek dismissal of the government. Moreover there appears to be a major confusion in the war between the BJP and the Governor. The BJP continues to show its numbers to all those who matter, but the Governor on the other hand has not made any mention about the numbers. The Bommai judgment does not give the Governor the right to seek dismissal of a government in minority unless and until the strength is tested on the floor of the house.
There are also rumours afloat that the Governor may step down in case his report is not accepted. The other version is that the Union Government is buying time so that they could give the issue a decent burial or even buy more time to relocate the governor to some other state.