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‘It will be in the interest of protecting democratic institutions'

BJP leaders and workers taking part in a protest against the Governor at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Bangalore on Friday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
BJP leaders and workers taking part in a protest against the Governor at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Bangalore on Friday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Friday demanded that Governor H.R. Bhardwaj be recalled “in the interest of protecting democratic institutions”.

Speaking to presspersons here after launching the first tunnel-boring machine for the underground Namma Metro tunnelling project, Mr. Yeddyurappa said, “It is unfortunate that the Governor has converted the Raj Bhavan into a hub of political activity, much against the principles of the Constitution.”

The Governor has publicly stated that he “is a Congressman first” and hence one cannot expect impartial treatment from his office. Instead of guiding the State Government in governance, the Governor has been indulging in activities that violate the Constitution, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

Pouring out the grievances of the Government against Mr. Bhardwaj, the Chief Minister noted with regret that the Governor had not given his assent to the much-needed Akrama-Sakrama Bill. He rarely takes the advice of the Council of Ministers and acts according to his own whims, Mr. Yeddyurappa alleged.

From Day 1 of assuming office, the Governor has been making all efforts to destabilise a democratically-elected Government much against the principles of the Constitution, Mr. Yeddyurappa said. With the help of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), the Governor is dreaming of taking over administration, he said. Though the Governor had been urged to convene the legislature session twice after the political developments started last Sunday, he has not accepted the request. Mr. Yeddyurappa termed this “strange” and said the Governor should have acceded to the demand.

Hitting out at the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda for demanding the dismissal of the Government, Mr. Yeddyurappa said Mr. Deve Gowda has been speaking irresponsibly against the Speaker and the Chief Minister.

The Congress has been resorting to blackmailing tactics for the dismissal of the Government by blocking roads and threateningen masseresignation, Mr. Yeddyurappa alleged.

Home and Transport Minister R. Ashok, Public Works Minister C.M. Udasi, Mayor Sharadamma Ramanjaneyalu and Bangalore Central Lok Sabha Member P.C. Mohan were present.

Protest staged

Special Correspondent reports:

The BJP on Friday staged a protest in Bangalore demanding that the Governor be recalled and his recommendation to dismiss the Government, which enjoyed a majority in the Legislative Assembly, rejected.

Senior BJP leaders, including State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa, national general secretary Ananth Kumar, who participated in the dharna at the Mahatma Gandhi statue on Mahatma Gandhi Road, condemned Mr. Bhardwaj for his alleged partisan conduct. Citing the Constitution, Mr. Ananth Kumar said that the Governor is bound by the advice of the Council of Ministers and convene the legislature session.

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