The Centre on Sunday formally rejected Karnataka governor HR Bhardwaj's recommendation for dismissal of the BS Yeddyurappa government.
The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs despite Bhardwaj standing by his controversial recommendation. Sources said UPA's lack of majority in the Rajya Sabha, among other things, was one of the factors that weighed with the meeting of the CCPA presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
However, the Centre has decided to issue an advisory to the state government to look into the issues raised by the governor in his report sent two days after Supreme Court quashed the disqualification of 16 MLAs who had planned to vote against the BJP government in a trust vote last year.
Centre's decision came when BJP was gearing up for a confrontation over the governor's refusal to call the state assembly to session.
While the BJP leadership was hopeful that the recommendation for President's rule will be rejected by the Centre, it planned to launch a nation-wide agitation if the UPA leadership had acted otherwise.