New Delhi: Unfazed by BJP`s attack
dubbing him a "rank agent" of Congress, Karnataka Governor H R
Bhardwaj on Thursday said he was proud of his links with the
Congress party and that he was only doing his Constitutional
duty by raking up the issue of Reddy brothers` continuance in
the state ministry.
"I have been a Congressman. Am I a coward to say I was
not a Congressman. But I am now a Governor and my role is of
a Governor. I am not doing any organisational work of
Congress. I am definitely proud to be a Congressman. Congress
is a historic party. How can I disown my party," he told Times
Bhardwaj said if BJP leaders choose to "close" their
eyes, "I cannot close. I have a Constitutional duty. That is
The Governor has been under attack from the BJP for
demanding the removal of Karnataka Tourism Minister Janardhana
Reddy and Revenue Minister Karunakara Reddy on allegations
that they were involved in illegal mining in Bellary.
The BJP has called him a rank agent of Congress and they
would meet President Pratibha Patil to demand his recall.
"In public life, this is part of my Constitutional duty
to inform the Constitutional authorities to whom I report," he
said apparently referring to the discussion he had with the
President. He had also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
Home Minister P Chidambaram yesterday.
Referring to the alleged illegal mining which he called
a serious issue, Bharadwaj said "the offenders should be
brought to book and that is for the government to do. I cannot
say any brothers. I have not named any brothers.
"I have only highlighted that like other ministers who
are doing good work, those who are doing good work ... it is
for their party and the Chief Minister to look into this.
Beyond this, I have no power, I cannot do anything".