Bangalore: In a fresh bout of confrontation
with the Governor, ruling BJP in on Thursday decided to
take its campaign against H R Bhardwaj to the Rashtrapathi
Bhavan to press for his recall for refusing to accept the
state government`s recommendation on new Lokayukta chief.
BJP`s decision taken at an emergent meeting of its
legislature party came as the standoff over the Lokayukta
issue persisted with the Governor insisting that the D V
Sadananda government recommend a fresh name in place of former
Kerala High Court chief justice S R Bannurmath.
Briefing reporters, Water Resources Minister Basavaraj
Bommai said a delegation of BJP legislators would meet Patil
and present a memorandum seeking Bhardwaj`s immediate recall,
the date for which would be decided later.
Bhardwaj, who has been having uneasy relations with the BJP
government since becoming the Governor, has asked the Gowda
ministry to suggest another name for appointment as Lokayukta
following reports that Justice Bannurmath was alloted a site
reserved for civic amenities in the Judicial Layout.
Insisting that the Judge must be spotless, Bhardwaj had
even taunted the government earlier that it could `Google
search` (for a right candidate).
BJP sources said the meeting adopted a resolution demanding
that the Governor appoint Bannurmath as Lokayukta or quit.
felt the govenment had followed the procedures while
recommending the name of Bannurmath and flayed the Governor
for bringing pressure to suggest another name.