Be a Congress spokesman, BJP tells Karnataka Governor

Firing a fresh salvo, BJP on Saturday flayed Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj for criticising the party and "dabbling in politics" and taunted him to become Congress spokesman if he was so interested.

Bangalore: Firing a fresh salvo, BJP on Saturday
flayed Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj for criticising the
party and "dabbling in politics" and taunted him to become
Congress spokesman if he was so interested.

Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu accused the Governor of
getting into political arena, making comments about BJP,
"talking about our ministers" and "giving us sermons".

"...the Governor has been unnecessarily dabbling in the
political arena," he told reporters here, adding, as per his
knowledge; no Governor has in the past named or criticized any
political party.

"If the Governor (Bhardwaj) is so interested, we will be
very happy if he can become a spokesman of the Congress or
(its) in-charge or discharge or recharge (the party`s)
batteries because the Congress is in a very bad shape."

He was apparently referring to the Congress` poor show in
the two assembly bye-elections in the state which saw the
principal opposition finishing third and yielding a seat.

"Governor is not expected to criticize political parties,"
he added.

BJP in Karnataka and Bhardwaj have engaged in public spats
on several issues reflecting the uneasy relations between
them.

Recently, the Governor had even asked Chief Minister
Yeddyurappa to tender an unconditional apology over his
reported remarks on illegal mining, further infuriating BJP.

He had also objected to state ministers attacking him for
referring the bill on cow slaughter to the President, saying
as a Brahmin, he need not learn about cow protection from BJP.

Naidu also said the outcome of the bye-elections in
Karnataka and Gujarat was a "slap" on the face of Congress. He
noted that BJP won by about 20,000 votes in Kathlal (Gujarat)
Assembly seat, which had been held by Congress since the
state`s formation in 1960.

Naidu also alleged that the Congress government in Andhra
Pradesh has "totally collapsed". "High Court (in Andhra
Pradesh) is not able to function. One High Court judge has
resigned. Congressmen are fighting like anything," he said.

PTI