After Guv announcement, Yeddy convenes emergent cabinet meet

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 22:08

Bangalore: In a sudden development, BS
Yeddyurappa on Tuesday convened an emergent meeting of Karnataka
Cabinet on Wednesday, shortly after Governor HR Bhardwaj said he
is looking into a petition seeking permission to prosecute the
chief minister over alleged land scams.

The Cabinet is meeting for the second time within 24
hours, but the Chief Minister`s Secretariat sources were
tight-lipped over the development that came even as
Yeddyurappa rushed to Delhi for consultations with BJP central
leadership.

After presiding over a Cabinet meeting, Yeddyurappa
left for Delhi on the unscheduled trip hours after Bhardwaj
said he was studying a request by a lawyers forum seeking
permission to prosecute the chief minister and Home Minister R
Ashok in alleged land scams.

Sources close to Yeddyurappa said he is likely to
consult senior party leader Arun Jaitley and some other
leading advocates on the course of action to be taken in the
event of the governor giving permission to prosecute him.

A former union law minister, Bhardwaj, ever since
assuming the office, has not let any opportunity to go to take
barbs at the BJP government in public, inviting the wrath of
the ruling party leaders who have called him a Congress agent
whose conduct was unbecoming of the constitutional post he
holds.

In his recent attack, Bhardwaj had said he was willing
to give a list of corrupt ministers to whoever approached him.

The sources said that at tomorrow`s Cabinet meeting
Yeddyurappa was likely to brief his colleagues on his talks
with party high command on the moves by Bhardwaj. The meeting
was also expected to decide the future course of action in the
event of the governor giving his nod for the prosecution.

The chief minister, the sources said, is apprehensive
that that the governor might give his approval anytime.

Earlier, irked by the Opposition leaders frequent
meetings with the governor, Yeddyurappa dared former Prime
Minister HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy, who have
been spearheading the oust-Yeddyurappa campaign, to come for a
public debate on the allegations of corruption against him.

"I am ready to organise this debate in the banquet
hall of the Vidhana Soudha (State Secretariat). Let there be a
team of jury comprising retired judges. Let Gowda and his son
have their say. I will also reply to the charges," he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 22:08

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