Karnataka Governor sanctions prosecution of CM Yeddyurappa

Last Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 21:30

Bangalore: Karnataka on Friday night appeared heading
for a showdown with Governor H R Bhardwaj granting sanction
for prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on
corruption charges and a defiant CM asking him to apologise
for remarks against the BJP government.
The stand off came to a head with the Governor first
rejecting a state cabinet resolution asking him not to permit
prosecution of the Chief Minister and later Raj Bhawan sources
said that the sanction has been granted for Yeddyurappa as
also Home Minister R Ashoka.

Stung by Bhardwaj`s remarks, the ruling party went into a
more aggressive mode announcing state-wide anti-Governor
protests tomorrow and "Raj Bhavan chalo" on January 25,
besides deciding to meet President Pratibha Patil in Delhi on
January 24 to seek the Governor`s recall.

Hitting back at Yeddyurappa, the Governor told him bluntly
in a letter that he cannot "put a lid" on serious allegations
of corruption and dismissed as "unwarranted" the January 19
cabinet resolution.

"The sum and substance of the Cabinet decision is that it
simply requires me to put a lid on the serious allegations of
corruption against you (chief minister)," said Bhardwaj, whose
relationship with the BJP government is becoming increasingly
turbulent.
The cabinet resolution had asked the Governor to drop the
proceedings to prosecute Yeddyurappa and Home Minister R
Ashoka on alleged land scams on the basis of a complaint filed
by lawyers` forum, saying such a move was nothing short of a
"farce and colourable" exercise on his part.

An angry Chief Minister sought an "unconditional apology"
from Bhardwaj for characterising the state government`s
request to drop proceedings for his prosecution as a "case of
a thief admonishing a policeman".

"For his remarks, he (Bhardwaj) should tender an
unconditional apology. He has insulted the people of the
state," Yeddyurappa told reporters before the state BJP Core
Committee and Executive meet to discuss how to deal with the
Governor.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 21:30

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