HR Bhardwaj behaving like "petty politician": BJP

Taking its campaign against Governor HR Bhardwaj to a new level, ruling BJP in Karnataka on Friday decided to launch statewide protests tomorrow seeking his immediate recall for "insulting people of the state".

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2011, 18:05 PM IST

Bangalore: Taking its campaign against
Governor HR Bhardwaj to a new level, ruling BJP in Karnataka on Friday decided to launch statewide protests tomorrow seeking
his immediate recall for "insulting people of the state".

Apprehending that Bhardwaj might sanction prosecution of
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on alleged land scams on the
basis of a complaint by a lawyers` forum, a meeting of the BJP
Core Committee decided to organise anti-Governor protests in
all district and taluk headquarters.

BJP legislators and ministers would also march to Raj
Bhavan on January 25 demanding that Bhardwaj "vacate" his
official residence, state BJP spokesman Ayanur Manjunath told
reporters.

He said senior BJP leaders along with state MPs would call
on President Pratibha Patil on January 24 in Delhi to brief
her on Bhardwaj`s conduct and to demand his recall.

The party also demanded an unconditional apology from
Bhardwaj for his remarks yesterday that the state cabinet
resolution of January 19 amounted to a thief admonishing the
police.

The cabinet had asked the Governor to drop the
proceedings to prosecute Yeddyurappa and Home Minister R Ashoka, saying such a move was nothing short of a "farce and
colourable" exercise on his part.

"The Governor is behaving like a petty politician on
the complaints lodged by two JD-S advocates," Manjunath said.

"We are not fighting against the institution of Governor,
but against the man, who has desecrated the office of the
Governor," Manjunath said.

The BJP also sought to drag the Governor on the Bofors
issue, alleging that as Union Law Minister Bhardwaj he allowed
Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi to go out of the
country. "Bhardwaj should now say who is the thief.... and who
is the police....," Manjunath said.

Bhardwaj should tender apology "for insulting the cabinet
and people of the state," he said.

Besides Yeddyurappa, the meeting was attended by state
unit President K S Eshwrappa, and BJP General Secretary
Dharmendra Pradhan, in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka,
and other senior leaders.

PTI