Yeddyurappa softens stand against Governor Bhardwaj

Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa said he would not utter a "single word" against Governor HR Bhardwaj.

Last Updated: May 24, 2011, 14:46 PM IST

Bangalore: After a running battle with
the Governor for a week for recommending President`s Rule in
Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Monday softened his
stand on HR Bhardwaj, saying he would not utter a "single
word" against him and would respect the gubernatorial post.

He also ruled out seeking a vote of confidence in the
Legislative Assembly, which commences on June 2, asserting
that the BJP government led by him enjoyed "maximum majority".

A week after Bhardwaj sent his "special report"
triggering a political war in the state, the Centre rejected
it on Sunday.

Till yesterday, the Chief Minister maintained that the
agitation in the state demanding Bhardwaj`s recall by the
Centre would continue.

When reporters sought his reaction on the Centre
ruling out the recall of the Governor, he said,
"Henceforth...on the issue of Governor.....our (BJP) central
leaders have already said. I will not utter a single word
against him."

But he said the party`s state unit is "independent"
and is free to do (agitation against the Governor) as it feels
right from the point of "organisational and different" reasons
and "they have full freedom".

Asked if it`s possible to have a working relationship
with the Governor after what happened in the past one week,
the Chief Minister said: "So long as he sits in that
(Governor`s) chair, we have to give respect. I will conduct myself accordingly."

Yeddyurappa said the question of his seeking a trust
vote does not arise.

When pointed out that the then J H Patel government
had on its own sought a vote of confidence, Yeddyurappa said
"The government headed by me enjoys maximum majority and so
there is no need to prove majority again."

To a question, he said the state government has not
received any advisory from the Centre. "Nothing has come".

He said the week-long political crisis had no impact
on development and other progressive works and it was business
as usual, with him along with ministers attending office and
discharging their duties.

Yeddyurappa said he did not undergo any mental strain
following the crisis, adding he is more active than before and
charged up to do more work.