New Delhi: BJP Parliamen-tary party chairman L.K. Advani led a delegation of Karnataka party MPs to Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 24 demanding recall of Governor H.R. Bhardwaj for granting sanction to prosecute Chief Minister B.S. Yedyurappa.
Besides Advani, Leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, BJP general secretary, and Bangalore MP Ananth Kumar and former BJP president M. Venkaiah Naidu accompanied 23 party MPs from the state to present a memorandum seeking immediate recall of Bhardwaj for “acting as a Congress agent” to topple the BJP government by his “unconstitutional conduct.”
After meeting the President Advani told waiting newsmen, “We appealed to the President to recall the Karnataka Governor as he has been exhibiting an extra-constitutional and confrontationist attitude.”
He said, “In the memorandum, we have cited several instances to show how the Governor has been pursuing his political agenda.”
The BJP memorandum characterized Bhardwaj’s appointment as a step to “end democracy” in the country and stated that the “mindset and conduct” of the Governor was motivated by “extraneous and collateral purposes, less as a Constitutional functionary”.
The BJP leaders stated that “a Governor cannot have “mala fide for political reasons and substitute himself as commission of enquiry or the Lokayukta.”