Governor should go: Yeddyurappa

Karnataka CM today stepped up his attack on Governor HR Bhardwaj for his sanction to prosecute him.

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2011, 17:51 PM IST

Bangalore: Stepping up his attack on
Governor HR Bhardwaj for his sanction to prosecute him, Chief
Minister BS Yeddyurappa Monday firmly demanded that he should
be recalled and said the BJP was contemplating filing a
defamation case against him for his outbursts against the
government.

Leveling a fresh charge against the Governor,
Yeddyurapa said, "We have information that all the petitions
submitted to him against the government were drafted in Raj
Bhavan."

"It is better for him (the Governor) and also for the
state that Bhardwaj looks at a state which is convenient for
him to live and go there", Yeddyurappa, whose government and
Governor have been having a running battle for long, told
reporters.

Yeddyurappa charged that ever since Bhardwaj assumed
the office of the Governor, he has been relentlessly working
to tarnish the image of the BJP government.

The Chief Minister said Bhardwaj should tender an
`unconditional` apology for his offensive remarks made against
his government and blamed the Governor for the "losses the
state suffered during the January 22 bandh".

"The provocative remarks of the Governor are
responsible for the bandh, which the people voluntarily
supported and observed," he said.

The BJP was contemplating whether it can file a
defamation case against the Governor for his outbursts against
the elected government and other options to wage a legal
battle against him, he said.

The Governor had dismissed as "the thief chiding the
police" the state Cabinet January 19 resolution which had
asked him to drop prosecution proceedings, to which an angry
Yeddyurappa has taken strong exception.

To a pointed query on whether he would challenge
legally the sanction given by the Governor to prosecute him,
Yeddyurappa said, "Our party elders will decide the issue in
about two days."

Yeddyurappa also mounted a vituperative attack on
former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and his family members
and said they were yet to respond to his open challenge for a
public debate on the land scams they allegedly indulged in
when they were in power.

"I will not allow them to escape. I will expose them.
I will present before people the illegal allotment of land to
their relatives by Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy.
Kumaraswamy has also granted mining licences to his
relatives," Yeddyurappa alleged.

PTI