Karnataka Governor`s action sparks political storm
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 00:05
New Delhi: Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj's sanction to prosecute Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on corruption charges on Friday snowballed into a political storm with the Opposition accusing him of setting a "wrong precedent" while Congress defended his action saying he did after "full application of mind".

Reacting sharply to the development, BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley said Bhardwaj's action was constitutionally improper and politically motivated in order to bail out Congress from its "poor plight" in the state.

He alleged the Raj Bhawan was turned into an area of activity for Congress and Bhardwaj "even during his tenure as Governor, has been proudly proclaiming his political affiliation. He carries his political affiliation on his sleeve.

"The continuous course of his conduct, his utterances, his vocabulary, his phrases, his arguments all show a distinct political character to his conduct and an absolute lack of restraint," Jaitley said.

The BJP leader said when the Lokayukta was investigating all the charges against the Chief Minister and the state government had already instituted an inquiry into land allotments from 1994 onwards, the Governor should have waited for the outcome before sanctioning prosecution.

Mohan Singh of Samajwadi Party said the Governor's move would affect Centre-State relations and the Congress leadership needed to understand.

Noting that the Governor needed to go as per the advice of the state government, he regretted that the Bhardwaj had acted inspite of a view to the contrary given by the state cabinet.

"A wrong precedent is being set" he said. JD-U chief Sharad Yadav, who is also NDA convenor, said such acts spoil the political atmosphere.

"Governor should remain within his limits. He does not run the government but the Chief Minister. Such acts spoil the political atmosphere. The Governor's post should not be politicised," Yadav said. Congress, however, justified the action of Governor saying he has done so after full application of mind.

"These are situations which are well known and established. The Governor has acted after full application of mind. Only those who have something to hide should be worried. Otherwise this is the discretion and if anybody is aggrieved, they can take appropriate actions in law", the party spokesman said.


First Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 00:05

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