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
"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
"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