Chhattisgarh CM says Bhardwaj is "Congress agent"

The war between Karnataka Governor Hansraj Bhardwaj and Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has intensified.

Last Updated: May 16, 2011, 19:42 PM IST

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Monday criticised Karnataka Governor Hansraj Bhardwaj, saying that he was acting as a political agent of the Congress party and bringing bad name to the chair of governor.

The war between Bhardwaj and Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa intensified after the governor submitted a report to the union government on Sunday, recommending the dismissal of the BJP-led state government and the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

While speaking to reporters on the political slugfest between Bhardwaj and Yeddyurappa, Singh said, "Bhardwaj has been trying for long to push the present Karnataka government out of power. Even though he is a governor there, he is acting like an agent of Congress. Through this act, he has brought bad name to the seat of a governor."

"How could he secretly send a recommendation for the dismissal of the Karnataka government without taking the state Assembly into confidence?," Singh said adding, "Over the past few years, a scheme of misusing article 356 is being hatched."
While speaking to reporters on the political slugfest between Bhardwaj and Yeddyurappa, Singh said, "Bhardwaj has been trying for long to push the present Karnataka government out of power. Even though he is a governor there, he is acting like an agent of Congress. Through this act, he has brought bad name to the seat of a governor."

"How could he secretly send a recommendation for the dismissal of the Karnataka government without taking the state Assembly into confidence?," Singh said adding, "Over the past few years, a scheme of misusing article 356 is being hatched."

Singh also said that such a move would prove detrimental to the democratic structure of the country. "It is necessary for the governors to know and act with their constitutional limits in mind," Singh said.

He also expressed hope that the Karntaka government would be allowed to complete its term.

PTI