Special Correspondent

‘They should not make remarks against Governor'

‘It is for the Chief Minister to speak on the issue'

BANGALORE: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D.K. Shivakumar on Saturday defended Governor H.R. Bhardwaj in summoning the Bellary ministers for holding an inquiry into the Congress MLC K.C. Kondaiah`s charges on their alleged amassing wealth in Bellary district and said that he had the powers even to dismiss ministers.

He told presspersons that the Minister for Tourism and Infrastructure G. Janardhan Reddy had accepted the notice sent to him by the Governor. It is for Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to speak on the powers of the Governor and till then, the Bellary ministers should not make sweeping remarks against the Governor.

Mr. Bhardwaj, the Congress leader said, had issued notices to the ministers as part of his constitutional duties.

The Congress had time and again demanded the Governor to act against illegal actions of the BJP Government, including that of some ministers. He said it was the Governor who administered oath of office to the ministers and had the powers to look into complaints against ministers.

‘Punish Muthalik'

On the Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik's “rent a riot” offer, the Congress leader said that it was the duty of the State Government to punish him and should think whether it should ban his organisation.

Taking exception to Mr. Muthalik's complaint to Belgaum police, he said that sting operations had been conducted in the past, but nobody had filed criminal cases against journalists. He charged the State Government and the police with conniving with the Sri Rama Sene.

The police, he urged, should take all the care to remove any threat to the peace and harmony in the State.

A large number of Congress workers offered bouquets and garlanded him on his 49 {+t} {+h} birthday.