Modi writes to PM demanding recall of Bhardwaj

Four BJP CMs wrote identical letters to PM for pressurising Centre on the issue.

New Delhi: The demand for the recall of
Karnataka Governor grew louder on Thursday with four BJP Chief
Ministers, including Narendra Modi writing to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh accusing H R Bhardwaj of "out and out
destroying the federal structure of the constitution."

Even as the stand-off between the Governor and
Karnataka Chief Minister B Yeddyurappa on convening of the
Legislature session from June 2 intensified, the four BJP CMs
wrote identical letters to PM for pressurising Centre on the

The letters, including that of Shivraj Singh Chauhan
of Madhya Pradesh, Ramesh Pokhriyal `Nishank` of Uttarakhand
and Prem Kumar Dhumal of Himachal Pradesh, came on a day when
the Centre appears to have given short-shrift to Bhardwaj`s
controversial recommendation for imposition of President`s
rule in the state.

They wanted the Prime Minister to urgently recall the
services of Bhardwaj in the "true spirit of our constitution
and our federal framework."

In the strongly worded letter, Modi alleged that the
Karnataka Governor was bent upon "destroying and demolishing"
the federal structure of the Constitution of India - a
principle which is the "basic nature of our country`s polity."

"The Governor, who has been a very senior Congress
leader, instead of performing his duties as the Constitutional
head of the state....has been indulging in activities in gross
violation of Constitutional provisions, democratic principles
and, above all, the basic tenets of Federal Structure", the
Chief Ministers alleged.

Quoting the Supreme Court judgement in the S R
Bommai vs the Union of India case, the letters said the
exercise of power under Article 356 (dismissal of the state
government) should under no circumstance be for a political
gain to the party in power in the Union Government.

Claiming that the popularity of the Karnataka
Government has not been in doubt, they said the BJP, under the
leadership of Yeddyurappa, has swept through most
bye-elections, municipal elections and panchayat polls.

Quoting from another Supreme Court judgement, Modi
said like the President, Governors are expected to be
apolitical, discharging purely constitutional functions,
irrespective of their earlier political background. "Governors
cannot be politically active."

"The Governor is not an employee of the Union Government,
nor the agent of the party in power nor required to act under
the dictates of political parties...," Modi said quoting
from another judgement.