Yeddyurappa meets Jaitley

Yeddyurappa arrived here this afternoon and discussed in detail the "problems" he is facing due to Bhardwaj's comments and actions. Bhardwaj said earlier in the day today that he has been studying a request by a lawyers forum seeking permission to prosecute Yeddyurappa and Home Minister R Ashok in alleged land scams.

"The Chief Minister will meet President Pratibha Patil on January 24 to complain against the actions of Bhardwaj who is working at the behest of Congress and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy," a close associate of Yeddyurappa told PTI.

Jaitley, an eminent lawyer, advised Yeddyurappa on how he could tackle the crisis in the state where the opposition has not allowed the Assembly to function and charged the government with corruption in land allotment.

Asked about the corruption charges against Yeddyurappa, BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said the land alloted to his sons had been returned and an FIR lodged against a minister (Katta Subramaniam Naidu) facing corruption charges had to resign.

"The question of change in land use is a larger one. S M Krishna as Chief Minister of Karnataka had changed land use of 300 acres of land," he alleged. BJP also took on Bhardwaj for his reported statement that he may order an inquiry against Yeddyurappa on January 20 if the Chief Minister failed to clear his name.

"It is not a surprise if he has said so....He can go to any extent as Governor of a state," Prasad said in reply to a question on the issue. He described Bhardwaj as a "political Governor" but expressed confidence that Indian democracy was strong enough to deal with such situations

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