BJP attacks Karnataka governor for opposing honour to writer

BJP attacked Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj for his objection to the state government`s move to confer a doctorate on writer Chidanand Murthy.

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2011, 23:55 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Monday attacked Karnataka
Governor H R Bhardwaj for his objection to the state
government`s move to confer a doctorate on writer Chidanand
Murthy.

"The Governor of Karnataka has used, rather misused his
position and interfered with a university`s offer to confer
doctorate to an eminent writer in Kannada, Chidanand Murthy,"
BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
Condemning the Governor for opposing the hounour to the
noted writer, She alleged that Bhardwaj found this
objectionable only because Murthy "probably spoke in favour of
one commission`s finding".

"The writers in Karnataka have also stood up against this
kind of an interference, political misuse of power, where the
governor should rise above the situation," she said.

"We find that he is completely steeped in Congress
culture and unable to get over it," Sitharaman said.
The principal opposition has been at loggerheads with the
Karnataka governor for the last several months. It had
objected to his recommendation to President Pratibha Patil
that President`s Rule be imposed in the state after some MLAs
from the ruling party defected.

Central BJP leaders had even met the President to demand
his removal, arguing that he was acting as a Congress agent.

Bhardwaj, later in the day, gave his nod to the
conferring of the honorary degree on Chidanand.

PTI