Yeddyurappa brings battle against Governor to Delhi

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has brought his battle with Governor H R Bhardwaj to Delhi. He arrived in the national capital on Sunday afternoon and met the party leaders.

"I want to meet Mr Chidambaram and explain all the things... it's an insult to the people of Karnataka, to the Chief Minister, to the democratic system. This is not the first time Mr Bhardwaj is doing like this. As soon as he became the Governor of Karnataka, he started this. He may be representing Congress even today; he wants the BJP should go and Congress should come to the rule," Yeddyurappa said while speaking to reporters at the airport.

When asked about what course of action he plans to take, Yeddyurappa said, "First our honourable leaders, along with the MPs, will meet the President tomorrow then we'll take an appropriate decision."

The BJP is demanding the recall of Governor Bhardwaj. Party leaders are planning to meet President Pratibha Patil on Monday to complain about the Governor.

On Friday, Governor Bhardwaj had sanctioned the prosecution of Yeddyurappa following several allegations of his involvement in land scams.

Reacting to the prosecution sanction, Yeddyurappa had said that the Governor is behaving as an agent of Congress and the JD(S). "This is nothing but a broad day light murder of democracy and justice," he said.

Later speaking to NDTV, Yeddyurappa said, "The Governor was in a hurry to sanction the prosecution. He was under pressure from the Congress."

He further said that the Congress had sent Bhardwaj to help the party come to power in the state.

On Saturday, Yeddyurappa had convened a press conference where he said that there was no question of him resigning.

Addressing mediapersons, Yeddyurappa had said, "The Governor is overreaching his constitutional role. He is trying to destabilise the government. My growing popularity is troubling the Governor."

Earlier this week, the Cabinet asked the Governor not to sanction the prosecution of the Chief Minister requested by a group of lawyers, who want to formally take up allegations of corruption against Mr Yeddyurappa. The Governor said the request by the Cabinet was 'like a thief' requesting the police to not take action against him.

However, Karnataka Lokayukta (anti-corruption watchdog) Santosh Hegde said the Governor was within his rights to grant sanction to prosecute the Chief Minister.