Karna CM surprised over Guv comments; BJP to launch campaign

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday expressed "surprise" over Governor H R Bhardwaj`s statement that he was in possession of a list of "corrupt people" including ministers, while a miffed BJP said it would soon launch a campaign against Bhardwaj seeking his removal.

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010, 22:17 PM IST

Shimoga/Bangalore: Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday expressed "surprise" over
Governor H R Bhardwaj`s statement that he was in possession of
a list of "corrupt people" including ministers, while a miffed
BJP said it would soon launch a campaign against Bhardwaj
seeking his removal.
Yeddyurapp said the Governor should have discussed
such matters with him before disclosing any information.

"The Governor should have called me and discussed such
matters before disclosing any information. I am really
surprised about his acts. I will meet him tomorrow and discuss
with him if he has any problems," he told reporters here.

Yeddyurappa, whose government has come under repeated
critical comments by Bhardwaj, said, "I am waiting for the
Governor`s documents regarding his statement that he possesses
information about tainted ministers in my cabinet."

Meanwhile, an agitated BJP today said it would launch
a campaign seeking his removal and dared him to act against a
list of "the corrupt" that he had claimed to be possessing.

"After completion of this month`s Zilla and Taluk
Panchayat elections in the state, the party will undertake a
`Hatao Governor` campaign seeking Bhardwaj`s recall", BJP
National Working Committee member Vamanachar told reporters
here.

His comments came a day after Bhardwaj said he had a
list of corrupt people, "particularly the ministers", in the
state and offered to share it with those interested.
"The Governor has crossed all his limits. He can order
a probe including by the Lokayukta," Vamanachar said in reply
and dismissed Bhardwaj`s allegations against the government as
"baseless".

State unit JDS President H D Kumaraswamy attacked the
Yeddyurappa government demanding to know what further
clarifications the chief minister required when the head of
the state had himself said he has such documents.

"People will teach a lesson to the Chief Minister and
his cabinet colleagues shortly," Kumaraswamy said.

PTI