Will not take any action in haste, says Karnataka Governor

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H R Bhardwaj
Bangalore, Aug 2: Seeking to steer clear of any controversy this time around, Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj today (Aug 2) said he would not take any "action in haste" as he expressed confidence that the ruling BJP would be able to elect a new leader, after B S Yeddyurappa resigned as Chief Minister.

Responding to reporters' questions on the sidelines of a function at Raj Bhavan, Bhardwaj, perceived as being "hostile" to the state government in some BJP quarters, said he has no reason to believe that the ruling party would not be able to elect a new leader.

Noting that it's the responsibility of the legislative party to elect its leader, he said he expects it to decide. "I don't want to take any action in haste. Until tomorrow (when legislative party meeting is slated), I cannot comment."

Bhardwaj, who has twice in the past recommended President's rule in the state but was not accepted by the Centre, said he would give "full time" to the BJP to elect its leader in a "good way", and he wants to see that "things (election of new leader) happens perfectly."

Stating that he discharged his functions with utmost seriousness in the last two years, the Governor noted that he had raised the (illegal mining) issue earlier, which has now turned out to be true in the Lokayukta report but added: "I don't want to take responsibility in my hands." 

Asked if he would "step in" if the BJP failed to elect a new leader tomorrow, Bhardwaj said: "I have already stepped in. I have accepted the resignation of the Chief Minister. We cannot create chaos in the state. We have to watch and see, and heavy responsibility lies on me."

He also seemed to express displeasure on the absence of Yeddyurappa and R Ashoka, who were slated to attend the Investiture Ceremony at Raj Bhavan, where he distributed medals awarded by the President.

"Today... no Minister was present... such a good ceremony," Bhardwaj remarked, adding, he told the police and bureaucrats to carry on with their work efficiently as "government will be formed according to the Constitution".


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