BSY demands unconditional apology from Governor

Yeddyurappa would be writing a letter to President Pratibha Patil seeking the recall of Guv Bhardwaj.

Bangalore: As the friction between his
government and Governor H R Bhardwaj intensified, Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa Friday demanded an "unconditional"
apology from him for making certain remarks against his
ministry which he said had insulted the people of the state.

Yeddyurappa, who has also convened a Cabinet meeting here
tomorrow to discuss the fresh developments, said, "For his
remarks, he (Bhardwaj) should tender an unconditional
apology. He has insulted the people of the state."

"There is a need to take certain decisions. I have called
a Cabinet meeting tomorrow", an angry Yeddyurappa told
reporters before attending the BJP Core Committee meet, which
would discuss the Governor`s latest outbursts.

It is learnt that the government is mulling adopting a
resolution demanding immediate recall of the Governor.

Launching fresh onslaught on the BJP government, Bhardwaj
had yesterday likened the state cabinet resolution asking him
to drop proceedings on a complaint seeking permission to
prosecute Yeddyurappa over alleged land scams to a "thief
admonishing the police", evoking sharp protests from the BJP.

The state Cabinet had on Wednesday passed the resolution
asking the Governor to drop the proceedings to prosecute
Yeddyurappa and Home Minister R Ashok on a complaint with him,
saying such a move was nothing short of a "farce and
colourable" exercise on his part.

The fresh provocation for BJP came from Bharadwaj`s "ulta
chor kotwal ko dante" remark yesterday that mocked at the
Cabinet resolution.

Dashing off a letter to the Governor last night within
hours after Bhardwaj`s sniding remarks, an angry Yeddyurppa
accused him of having "lowered the dignity of the Chief
Minister, the entire cabinet and thereby the voters".

Yeddyurappa today said a delegation of BJP Central leaders
and MPs from the state would meet President Pratibha Patil on
January 24 at Rastrapathi Bhavan.

"The delegation will bring to the notice of the President
the conduct of the Governor and demand his recall", he said.

The Chief Minister alleged that the Governor had asked him
to dissolve the Assembly.

The state BJP is also holding a meeting of its Core
Committee and its executive today to chart out its future
course of plans to take on the Governor.

BJP Central Leadership rushed its General Secretary
Dharmendra Pradhan, in-charge of party affairs in
Karnataka, to the city today. Pradhan held brief consultations
with state unit leaders and took stock of the situation.

Bhardwaj said yesterday he would take a decision in two
days on the complaint by a lawyers forum seeking permission to
prosecute Yeddyurappa and Home Minister R Ashoka.

Immediately after the Governor`s fresh barbs, the BJP
mounted a sharp attack on him and deputed an eight-member
ministerial team to counter him before Yeddyurappa wrote an
angry letter, deploring his remarks.