Bangalore: Seeking to steer clear of any
controversy this time around, Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj
today said he would not take any "action in haste" as he
expressed confidence that the ruling BJP would be able to
elect a new leader, after B S Yeddyurappa resigned as Chief
Responding to reporters` questions on the sidelines of a
function at Raj Bhavan, Bhardwaj, perceived as being "hostile"
to the state government in some BJP quarters, said he has no
reason to believe that the ruling party would not be able to
elect a new leader.
Noting that it`s the responsibility of the legislative
party to elect its leader, he said he expects it to decide. "I
don`t want to take any action in haste. Until tomorrow (when
legislative party meeting is slated), I cannot comment."
Bhardwaj, who has twice in the past recommended
President`s rule in the state but was not accepted by the
Centre, said he would give "full time" to the BJP to elect its
leader in a "good way", and he wants to see that "things
(election of new leader) happens perfectly."
Stating that he discharged his functions with utmost
seriousness in the last two years, the Governor noted that he
had raised the (illegal mining) issue earlier, which has now
turned out to be true in the Lokayukta report but added: "I
don`t want to take responsibility in my hands."
Asked if he would "step in" if the BJP failed to elect a
new leader tomorrow, Bhardwaj said: "I have already stepped
in. I have accepted the resignation of the Chief Minister. We
cannot create chaos in the state. We have to watch and see,
and heavy responsibility lies on me."
He also seemed to express displeasure on the absence of
Yeddyurappa and R Ashoka, who were slated to attend the
Investiture Ceremony at Raj Bhavan, where he distributed
medals awarded by the President.
"Today... no Minister was present... such a good ceremony,"
Bhardwaj remarked, adding, he told the police and bureaucrats
to carry on with their work efficiently as "government will be
formed according to the Constitution".