BJP to meet Prez; wants Bhardwaj out
A BJP delegation comprising all party MPs from Karnataka will meet President Pratibha Patil on Monday to demand the recall of Karnataka governor HR Bharadwaj for functioning in a “politically motivated” manner by sanctioning the prosecution of chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on allegations of dubious land deals.
The party’s decision to meet the President was taken on a day when Yeddyurappa arrived in Delhi to consult senior leader Arun Jaitley.
“The CM is here to discuss the crisis with Arun Jaitley before we launch an all-out political attack on the governor, demanding his recall,” a close aide of Yeddyurappa told the Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar indicated in Bangalore that a decision on Yeddyurappa continuing as CM could be taken by the party within a month.
He urged the media to "wait for the results of the party's enquiry to come, then we can discuss that issue (whether the CM would quit)." Asked how long the media would have to wait, he said, "I think not more than one month."
The party has veered round to the view that a no-holds-barred attack on the governor was required at the moment. The stage for this will be set on Monday with party MPs from the state meeting the President to demand his recall.
Arun Jaitley has formulated the party’s response to the governor’s action, calling it both politically motivated and constitutionally improper.
The party delegation is expected to argue before the President that the Supreme Court has held in the past that the governor should consult the Cabinet before granting such a sanction.
Yeddyurappa told mediapersons after his arrival in Delhi, “I will strongly recommend to the party high command to seek the recall of the governor by the president for his attempt to destabilise a democratically elected government in the state.”
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.
Chandigarh received 97mm rainfall between 6am and 8.30am, the heaviest rain in July since 2017, as per the India Meteorological Department. It received another 0.9mm of rainfall during the day. The maximum precipitation till 8.30am was recorded at the Sector 39 observatory (97mm), 49.2mm rain was recorded at the airport observatory, 77.5mm rain in Panchkula and 74.5 mm rain in Mohali.