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President’s rule in Karnataka to be revoked


New Delhi : The union cabinet Thursday decided to revoke president’s rule in Karnataka, paving the way for a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government in the state.

The decision was taken after Governor Rameshwar Thakur submitted his final report to the home ministry on the BJP and the Janata Dal-Secular combine’s demand that it be invited to form the government.

“The ministry of home affairs proposed to the cabinet that president’s rule in Karnataka be revoked on the basis of the report of the governor,” Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters.

The cabinet has decided to recommend the same to President Pratibha Patil and will advise the governor to invite B.S. Yedyurappa to form the government, he said.

The Congress, the main opposition in Karnataka, has been demanding dissolution of the assembly, which has been in suspended animation since Oct 9.

President’s rule was imposed after the 20-month old JD-S/BJP combine in Karnataka fell out over transfer of power. JD-S’ chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy refused to hand over power to the BJP as was agreed to.