Governor openly encouraging destablisation of Karnataka Govt: BJP

Taking strong exception to the Governor's "threatening letter" to Speaker K G Bopaiah, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said he was shocked to know Bhardwaj that was "stooping down to the level of a politician".

He said Bhardwaj's letter has "totally exposed" him. The Governor is acting at the behest of Congress, Naidu alleged. "He has now become a willing partner for the destabilisation move in the state. Governor is supposed to be the custodian of the constitution, he has to act as a guide. (But) He is openly encouraging destabilisation," he said.

The BJP leader claimed that the Governor has "no business" to interfere in the functioning of the Speaker. "He (the Governor) is suggesting to the Speaker how to conduct himself".

The BJP legislature party at a meeting in a private resort today slammed Bhardwaj for his letter to the Speaker, which it described as "unconstitutional" and demanded his recall immediately.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagadish Shettar said the Governor's action was nothing but an "interference" in the working of the office of the Speaker.

The Governor should discharge his constitutional duties and allow the Speaker to do the same, he said. "The meeting decided to request President Pratibha Patil to recall the Governor," Shettar said.

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