Shettar to blame for confusion: Guv

He writes to the CM asking him to pull up RDPR Minister for his comments

In a letter to the Chief Minister on Monday, Bhardwaj is learnt to have stated that Shettar’s comments in the media against the Governor were “uncalled for.” The Governor has also taken exception to the “tone and tenor” of the minister’s comments against the constitutional head of the State.

Bhardwaj on Saturday had turned down for the second time the government’s request to repeal an ordinance that reduced the representation for OBCs in zilla and taluka panchayats. Reacting to the Governor’s move, Shettar in Hubli had accused Bhardwaj of breaking tradition followed for several decades by returning an ordinance for the second time. Shettar had said as per constitution norms, the Governor or the President usually gave assent to the decisions taken by the Cabinet. However, Bhardwaj by sending back the panchayat raj ordinance for a second time, he said, had behaved unlike previous Governors.

Hitting back at Shettar, Bhardwaj in his letter on Monday, stated that the minister had failed to discharge his duties properly. While the Supreme Court had conveyed to the state government its decision that the upper ceiling of 50 per cent vertical reservation in favour of SC/ST/OBCs should not be breached in context of rural local bodies way back on May 21, the minister had even failed to take cognisance of the issue. Shettar should have examined the implications of the order of the Supreme Court and placed it before the Cabinet, which he failed to do, the Governor stated.

This is the not the first time that the Governor has complained to the Chief Minister about
his Cabinet colleague. Recently, Bhardwaj, who is the Chancellor of universities in the State, had written to Yeddyurappa, accusing Higher Education Minister V S Acharya of creating a “constitutional crisis in the State” by his public outbursts against him.

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