BJP MPs, MLAs court arrest before Raj Bhavan in Bangalore

Raising the pitch for the recall of Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj, more than 100 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators and MPs today courted arrest after staging a protest in front of Raj Bhavan here today.

Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu, state party chief K S Eshwarappa and others held placards and protested against the allegedly partisan attitude of the Governor towards the BJP Government in Karnataka.

Police had a tough time in preventing the slogan-shouting MPs and the legislators from marching towards the Raj Bhavan after holding a meeting of the legislature party nearby.

They demanded the Centre should recall the Governor and vowed that their fight would continue until their demand is met.

Mr Eswarappa said the state BJP would hold protest rallies at Hubli on February 5, Belgaum on February 6 and Bangalore on February 7 to press its demand.

Criticising the Governor for according sanction to two lawyers to prosecute Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Mr Eshwarappa said the Governor's action had only served the interests of the Congress and the JD(S).

He said a special session of the party MPs and legislators had been convened for three days at Nagpur from February 8 and it would be addressed by senior party leaders, including Mr L K Advani and BJP President Nitin Gadkari.


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