On a high after the High Court upheld the Karnataka Assembly Speakers decision to disqualify its BJP MLAs,the BJP on Sunday reiterated its demand for recall of Governor H R Bhardwaj. It said Bhardwaj should have resigned on his own after the court ruling.
Bhardwaj had reportedly recommended imposition of Presidents rule in the state after the B S Yeddyurappa government survived a controversial trust vote which was preceded by disqualification of 16 MLAs,including 11 from the BJP who had raised a banner of revolt against the Chief Minister.
After the landmark judgment of the Karnataka HC upholding the Speakers decision,the Governor should have submitted his resignation and left the state which he did not do. The Governors credibility has further suffered and the institution of the Governor has come under cloud, senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said.
He alleged that Raj Bhawan is perceived to be a party to the destabilisation move.
Naidu said the role and conduct of Bhardwaj has again brought to focus the need for wider debate on appointment and functioning of the Governors. He said the Congress had over the years disregarded the recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission,Sarkaria Committee and also the Constitutional Review Commission presided over by Justice M N Venkatachaliah on appointment of Governors.
He recalled that the Venkatachaliah Committee had recommended that people who are not actively engaged in politics should be selected as Governors. But everybody knows the background of the present Governor of Karnataka and the way he behaved right from the emergency days,his recent declaration that he is a Congressman, Naidu added.