Congress says not concerned with the Governor`s Office

Congress tried to insulate the party from the issue, saying it is not concerned with the Governor`s office.

New Delhi: Under attack from BJP and other
political parties over Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj
granting sanction to prosecute the Chief Minister, Congress
today tried to insulate the party from the issue, saying it is
not concerned with the Governor`s office.

"I do not see any point in attacking political parties
for this. We are not concerned with the Governor`s Office... A
Governor is a constitutional authority. Under constitution, he
has constitutional discretions...Ultimately; it is for the
Governor to exercise his constitutional discretion.

"He (Bhardwaj) has said that he has applied his mind over
the last one month. If anybody is aggrieved they are fully
entitled to take legal recourse. If anybody has objection,
full legal recourse is available. But it is not logical to
bring any politics or political party into it," Congress
spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.

Asked whether Congress as a party justifies the action of
the Governor as a number of political parties including those
extending support to the government have also condemned the
move, Singhvi merely said, "We are not in the business of
supporting anybody or attacking anybody. We have said what we
have to say."

The Congress spokesperson, however, criticised BJP`s
decision of launching state-wide anti-Governor protests and
"Raj Bhavan Chalo" on January 25, besides deciding to meet
President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi on January 24 to seek
the Governor`s recall.

"Protector cannot turn predator. If there is a legal
issue, it can be challenged legally in a court of law. That
does not mean that a political agitation should be launched in
reaction and political allegations levelled," he said.

Home Minister P Chidamabaram has criticised BJP for its
attack on Bhardwaj and said the Governor`s decision was in
accordance with the law.

In a signed statement, he asked the Karnataka government
and BJP to maintain law and order, saying the party`s move to
take to the streets against the Governor`s decision is not
acceptable.

Bhardwaj had yesterday sanctioned prosecution of Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa in alleged land scams.

The BJP had hit back at the Governor calling the decision
constitutionally improper and politically motivated.

PTI