New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister BS
Yeddyurappa on Tuesday met senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley here
to discuss how to deal with Governor HR Bhardwaj with whom
the state government has had strained ties.
Yeddyurappa arrived here this afternoon and discussed
in detail the "problems" he is facing due to Bhardwaj`s
comments and actions.
Bhardwaj said earlier in the day today that he has been
studying a request by a lawyers forum seeking permission to
prosecute Yeddyurappa and Home Minister R Ashok in alleged
"The Chief Minister will meet President Pratibha Patil
on January 24 to complain against the actions of Bhardwaj who
is working at the behest of Congress and JD(S) leader HD
Kumaraswamy," a close associate of Yeddyurappa said to a news agency.
Jaitley, an eminent lawyer, advised Yeddyurappa on how
he could tackle the crisis in the state where the opposition
has not allowed the Assembly to function and charged the
government with corruption in land allotment.
Asked about the corruption charges against Yeddyurappa,
BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said the land
alloted to his sons had been returned and an FIR lodged
against a minister (Katta Subramaniam Naidu) facing corruption
charges had to resign.
"The question of change in land use is a larger one. SM
Krishna as Chief Minister of Karnataka had changed land use of
300 acres of land," he alleged.
BJP also took on Bhardwaj for his reported statement
that he may order an inquiry against Yeddyurappa on January 20
if the Chief Minister failed to clear his name.
"It is not a surprise if he has said so....He can go to
any extent as Governor of a state," Prasad said in reply to a
question on the issue.
He described Bhardwaj as a "political Governor" but
expressed confidence that Indian democracy was strong enough
to deal with such situations.