The Centre on Monday ruled out recalling of Karnataka governor H.R. Bhardwaj following the demand made by the ruling party in the state, the BJP. Though the Centre has rejected the governor’s report recommending President’s Rule in Karnataka, Union home minister P. Chidambaram said that the Centre will be issuing an advisory to the state by Tuesday, bringing to its notice the issues raised by the governor in his report and advising remedial steps.
The report points to instances of corruption, resignation of ministers following allegations of corruption, instances of illegal mining, complaints from the Lok Ayukta, atrocities against minorities. These are not instances of good governance, the home minister said. On whether the advisory was being sent under Article 355, he said there was no need.
On what will be the Centre’s advice to the Yeddyurappa government on corruption, he said, “Don’t indulge in corruption”. To a question on whether the same advice applies ‘’here to the Centre’’, he said, ‘’Yes’’.
When asked about BJP’s demand for the governor’s recall, Mr Chidambaram said, “There is no question of recalling the governor.”
“The facts (in the governor’s report for imposition of President’s Rule) did not enable us to come to a conclusion with regards Article 356,” he said explaining the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) rejecting the governor’s report. On whether the governor had ‘’over-stepped’’ his brief, Mr Chidambaram said,” The governor performed his duty and we took our decision”.
Mr Chidambaram also said he did not think anything wrong with the governor raising various issues. “But the fact remains, the Supreme Court set aside the Speaker’s order disqualifying 16 MLAs and made observations which any fair-minded person will know are very strong strictures against the Speaker,” he said. Asian Age