Centre sends advisory to Karnataka
New Delhi: The Centre is understood to have
sent an advisory to the Karnataka government flagging issues
of corruption, illegal mining and protection of minorities.
In a letter to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Home
Minister P Chidambaram is believed to have highlighted issues
raised by Governor H R Bhardwaj while recommending President`s
rule in Karnataka, sources said.
The Centre has already rejected the Governor`s
recommendations for dismissal of the government and to keep
the assembly under suspended animation.
The Governor had referred instances of alleged
corruption, resignation of Ministers following allegation of
corruption, instances of illegal mining and complaint lodged
by Karnataka Lok Ayukta.
Yesterday, when asked what the advisory would contain,
Home Minister had said corruption would be one of the issues.
On Sunday, he had said that the Cabinet Committee on
Political Affairs had directed the Home Ministry to write to
the Karnataka government bringing to its notice issues raised
by the Governor.
This is perhaps one of the few rare instances where the
Union Home Minister himself has sent an advisory to a Chief
Minister. Normally advisories are sent by the Union Home
Secretary to the state Chief Secretary or by a lower level
officer of the Home Ministry to an officer of equivalent rank
of the state government.
The Home Minister is also learnt to have asked the Chief
Minister to stop alleged discrimination and oppression of
minorities in Karnataka and take remedial action for their
protection and welfare as it was matter of grave concern,
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