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Follow Sarkaria panel to appoint governors: BJP

india Updated: Feb 01, 2011 00:33 IST

Former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu said here on Monday that governors should be appointed on the basis of the recommendations of the Justice Sarkaria Commission.

Former Supreme Court Justice R.S. Sarkaria, in his report on Centre-State relations, had laid down certain guidelines on the selection of governors. The panel was set up in June 1983 by the Central government and it submitted its report in 1988.

“The system of appointment and functioning of governors needs to be looked into. The Sarkaria panel’s report should be implemented,” said Naidu.

The senior BJP leader, who hails from Karnataka, said governor H.R. Bhardwaj was acting as a Congress politician to downgrade the constitutional post.

“One of the recommendations of the Sarkaria panel is that a politician from the ruling party at the Union should preferably not be appointed as governor of a state run by the Opposition,” Naidu pointed out.

Reacting to Bhardwaj’s statement that Karnataka chief minister Yeddyurappa was a ‘thief’, Naidu alleged that Bhardwaj had full mandate from Congress high command to destabilize the first BJP government in south India.

“Thanks to Bhardwaj, Karnataka Raj Bhavan has become Rajiv Bhavan and the centre of activities for the state unit of the Congress,” he alleged.

Demanding immediate recall of the Karnataka governor, Naidu said Bharadwaj would add shame to the dignified office he occupies if he continues to be governor.

On Bhardwaj’s sanction to prosecute Yeddyurappa on alleged land scam and corruption, the senior BJP leader said the governor’s action was inspired by Congress.