The Congress in Karnataka today appealed to Governor H. R. Bhardwaj to dismiss the BJP Government as it has been reduced to a “minority“.

A KPCC delegation headed by its President G. Parameshwara and Opposition leader in the State assembly Siddaramaiah submitted a memorandum to the Governor urging him to recommend the dismissal of the Jagadish Shettar-led Ministry invoking Article 356 of the Constitution.

“There is a constitutional crisis in Karnataka in the wake of the BJP MLAs supporting the BSR Congress floated by former Minister B. Sreeramulu and the Karnataka Janata Party led by former Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa,” Parameshwara told presspersons outside Raj Bhavan.

The delegation also appealed to the Governor not to give its assent to the Cow Slaughter Ban Bill and also the Private Universities Bill, he said.

Siddaramaiah said the Shettar Government has no moral right to continue in office as it has lost its majority.

Fourteen MLAs have been openly supporting Yeddyurappa’s party and six BJP legislators are with the BSR Congress, he said.

Siddaramaiah defended his party’s decision of not moving a no-confidence motion against the Government, saying “unless we get the support of JDS and BJP rebels, such a motion will not succeed. Considering all these issues, we did not move the motion in the just concluded Assembly session”.

He said the Governor told the delegation that he would look into the legal and constitutional aspects.