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Congress steers clear of Opposition demand for recall of Bhardwaj

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 22:29

New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday steered clear of
opposition demand for the recall of Karnataka Governor H R
Bhardwaj, who had created a major controversy by recommending
imposition of President`s rule in the state.

"It was an illegally manufactured majority, and an
illegal government was running there. We find it utterly
shocking that the Chief Minister and Speaker of Karnataka took
no notice of the Supreme Court`s strictures...We have nothing
further to add," Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarjaan told
reporters here.
She was replying to a question about the party`s view on
the demand for Bhardwaj`s recall made by the BJP, which is
ruling Karnataka and which has maintained the stand despite
Governor now turning soft on the Yeddyurappa government.

Asked why Bhardwaj has changed his hostile stand towards
the BJP government and is now appearing conciliatory,
Natarajan said, "I am not aware whether he was hostile in
first place or whether he is now conciliatory."

Her remarks came on day when, in the midst of a raging
political war with the BJP government, Bhardwaj today said in
Bangalore that Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has a massive
majority and there is no doubt about it.

In the last two days in New Delhi, BJP delegations have
met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil
demanding rejection of Bhardwaj`s recommendation for
President`s rule in the state and demanded his recall.

A senior AICC leader, on the condition of anonymity,
said that the dismissal of Yeddyurappa government won`t suit
Congress, which is already having thin support base among the
powerful Lingayat community of the state to which the BJP
leader belongs.
The leader said the best strategy for the party is to
continue attacking the state government on the issue of
corruption and let the BJP government complete its full term.

"I do not know what was this hurry. Bhardwaj was in a
hurry," he said adding that if the Centre took any extreme
measure like President`s Rule that could lead to dissolution
of the House, BJP will try to consolidate on the Lingayat


First Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 22:29
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