No question of Bhardwaj`s recall: Chidambaram

The Centre rejected the demand for recall of Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj.

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday rejected the
demand for recall of Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj with whom
the ruling BJP has a running feud.

"There is no question of recalling the Governor", Home
Minister P Chidambaram told a press conference here when asked
about BJP`s demand for recall of Bhardwaj after his last
week`s report recommending a spell of President`s rule in the
state and keeping the assembly in suspended animation.

Notwithstanding the Centre`s decision to reject
Governor`s recommendations, Karnataka Chief Minister BS
Yeddyurappa said on Monday that they would continue to press for
the removal of the Governor.

"The facts (in the Governor`s report for imposition of
President`s rule) did not enable us to come to a conclusion
with regards Article 356," he said explaining last night`s
decision of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA)
rejecting the Governor`s report.

He said in arriving at the decision the government was
"mindful" of the Supreme Court`s judgment on the issue, an
apparent reference to the SR Bommai judgement which put
strict safeguards in regard to dismissal of a state government
by the Centre.

Replying to questions, he said that the Centre would
issue advisory to the Karnataka government in the aftermath of
the Governor`s report.

On the Governor`s recommendations, Chidambaram said the
"Governor performed his duty and we took our decision".