Karnataka CM may not be third time lucky
Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, who has survived two attempts by governor HR Bhardwaj to dislodge him, may need an extraordinary effort to be lucky this time.delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2011 00:30 IST
Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, who has survived two attempts by governor HR Bhardwaj to dislodge him, may need an extraordinary effort to be lucky this time.
For Yeddyurappa, the danger this time is posed by the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984, which gives the governor almost sweeping powers to deal with the situations in which the embattled chief minister finds himself in.
Though Bhardwaj was guarded in his response on Friday, he hinted that he was likely to take his love-hate relationship with Yeddyurappa further.
"If I get a copy of the report, I will deal with it according to the lokayukta act."
The governor, whose previous two recommendations to dismiss the Yeddyurappa government - in October last year and May this year - were rejected by the Centre, seems to have adopted a go-slow approach this time.
"I am waiting for the lokayukta's next step," he said.
The lokayukta, justice Santosh Hegde, did not appear to be averse to handing over a copy of his explosive and voluminous report to the governor.
"If I am asked by him (governor), I will do it," he said.
This is precisely where the chief minister could get into trouble since the Lokayukta Act empowers the governor to order a further probe into the charges against him "by any investigating agency he deems fit".
The discretionary powers of the governor provided in section 2 of the Act may embarrass the BJP government, in case the former gives any direction which it might find difficult to implement.
Further, section 13 empowers the governor to "direct the state to place a copy of the report in the assembly".
This will put all the documents relied upon by the lokayukta in the public domain and provide further ammunition to the opposition.
The Act also allows the governor to write back to the lokayukta within three months of the submission of the report, "intimating to the lokayukta or the uplokayukta the action taken or proposed to be taken on the basis of the report by the state government."