BJP govt in majority but Iím watching: Bhardwaj
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In a relief to the ruling BJP, Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj Saturday said the Jagadish Shettar government still enjoyed majority after 13 BJP MLAs announced their resignation, but he would order a floor test if he felt it had been reduced to minority.
"13 MLAs have resigned but the government is still in majority," he said as Shettar stood next to him after the Republic Day function. "I won't do any unconstitutional work. I am watching."
Question marks over the government's survival were raised after 13 MLAs loyal to Karnataka Janata Party chief and former BJP strongman B S Yeddyurappa announced their decision to quit. The MLAs' bid to push the government into a corner, however, had been in vain as Speaker K G Bopaiah was not in station, an issue over which they cried foul and petitioned the Governor.
The Governor's remarks come as a relief to the government as it has belied hopes, at least for now, of Yeddyurappa to force its exit ahead of elections in May.
Bhardwaj said Shettar was the Leader of the BJP Legislature Party and it was for him to take action on the resignation of 13 MLAs. "I hope Karnataka continues to function as per Constitution and we (I and the CM) will not rush through," he added.
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