Bangalore: A day after Arun Jaitely met Karnataka Governor HR Bharadwaj purportedly to broker peace between him and Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, the latter met the Governor on Friday to discuss “all issues” pertaining to the state.
For the record, Yeddyurappa headed to the Raj Bhavan to invite the Governor to address the joint legislative session, which is scheduled to commence on January 6, but given their public face off over controversial issues, the meeting is being seen as an effort towards rapprochement.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Yeddyurappa said that there is no political motive behind his meeting the Governor. “It was just a courtesy call,” he said.
All issues including developmental programs of the state government and the Krishna water verdict was discussed during today’s meeting, he added.
Importantly, signalling a truce, Yeddyurappa added: “I have publicly committed myself to meet the Governor once every fortnight to discuss any issue pertaining to the state.”
The announcement is of immense significance given the extended phase of political instability in the state owing to the long drawn phase off between the two – allegations and counter allegations.
Bharadwaj had recently raised the issue of corruption within the BJP government with latter hitting back and describing him as a Congress agent.
The Governor had also been demanding that the chief minister present him with a `true picture` regarding his land deals and the action taken against Reddy brothers over their alleged illegal iron ore mining activities.
Yeddyurappa had hit back saying that he would be write to President Pratibha Patil to clarify whether any dictum has been issued to Governors to monitor various ministers, assess their performance and whether they have been given a free hand to interfere in the normal functioning of a duly elected government.
However, Jaitley’s intervention – he shares good relations with Bhardwaj thanks to their long innings in the legal profession – surely seems to have done the trick as both the sides now look willing to bury the hatchet and move ahead.