Ruling BJP in Karnataka on Monday accused Governor H.R. Bhardwaj of attempting to destabilise the party-led government and asked the Centre to recall him.

State unit BJP president K.S. Eswarappa warned that if the Centre did not recall Mr. Bhardwaj, the party would launch a state wide stir against him.

“The Governor is acting like a leader of the opposition. He is encouraging Congress and JDS. Ever since he assumed office of the Governor of the state, he has been trying to destabilise the BJP government”, Mr. Eswarappa charged at a press conference here.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa also criticised the conduct of Mr. Bhardwaj and said “people of the state had not expected such a behaviour by the Governor“.

Mr. Bhardwaj tried to exercise the powers vested with the Speaker, he said, apparently referring to the Governor’s letter to the Assembly presiding officer against disqualifying rebels.

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