Cong, BJP trade charges over Guv move
The Karnataka governor’s sanctioning the prosecution of Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa has made the BJP-Congress fight take a turn for the worse.
While the BJP reacted angrily to the news, the Congress was quick to welcome the action.
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley accused the governor of being politically motivated and of committing a constitutional impropriety He said the governor had granted the sanction without even having all documents connected with the case, that too at a time when a Lokayukta investigation and a judicial enquiry were pending.
He also said that some SC judgments have said that consultation with the council of ministers is required for such a step.
“Even during his tenure as governor, he (Bhardwaj) has been proudly proclaiming his political affiliation. He carries his political affiliation on his sleeve. The continuous course of his conduct, his utterances, his vocabulary, his phrases, his arguments all show a distinct political character to his conduct and an absolute lack of restraint,” Jaitley said.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi had a different take: “The Governor has acted after full application of mind. Only those who have something to hide should be worried. Otherwise, this is the discretion (of the Governor) and if anybody is aggrieved, they can take legal action.”
Apparently, Congress general secretary in charge of Karnataka Ghulam Nabi Azad and Union minister Mallikarjuna Kharge are camping in the state.
There were other political reactions too. HD Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal (secular) welcomed the governor’s decision while talking to news channels.Mohan Singh of the Samajwadi Party said that the move would start off a wrong precedent. BJP ally and Janata Dal (U) president Sharad Yadav said, "Governor should remain within his limits. He does not run the government. Such acts spoil the political atmosphere."
Four people were killed in two accidents in Mandi and Shimla districts on Tuesday. Three workers were killed and one was seriously hurt after the pillar of a gate fell on a tipper truck in the Khaliyar locality of Mandi town. The dead were identified as Rishav Kaushik of Mandi, Gurchain Singh of Rupnagar district and Vinod Kumar of Purnea district in Bihar. Locals informed the police after which a rescue operation was launched.
A Mansa court sent four accused, including two shooters, in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case to eight-day remand of the Punjab Police's special investigation team hours after they were brought from Delhi on transit remand on Tuesday. The court sent them into police custody till July 13. Punjab Police arrested them in the Moose Wala murder case after taking permission from the Delhi court, which also granted the transit remand.
The India Meteorological Department on Tuesday predicted 'heavy to very heavy rainfall' in several areas of Karnataka over the next five days. The weather department said the coastal best of the southern state is likely to receive isolated very heavy rainfall from July 7. “Isolated heavy rainfall very likely over Marathwada from 5-8 July; Coastal Karnataka during 7-9 July; South Interior Karnataka during 06 -09 July,” read the IMD bulletin.
A heavy traffic bottleneck was reported at the Mankoli naka in Bhiwandi, one of the vital links that connects Thane, Bhiwnadi, Kalyan – Nashik highway, due to heavy downpour on Tuesday afternoon. In the last 24 hours, the Kalyan Dombivli cities received 114 mm of rainfall leading to waterlogging in several parts and traffic congestion. Heavy waterlogging was reported on the Kalyan- Ambernarth- Badlapur highway road leading to disruption in traffic flow.
Justice HP Sandesh of the High Court of Karnataka on Monday said Justice Sandesh was threatened with transfer after his remark against the Anti-Corruption Bureau that it had become a "collection centre". He said he was unfazed by such threats. Justice Sandesh had made observations against the ACB last week and its functioning while hearing a bail plea of P S Mahesh, a deputy Tahsildar in the office of the Bengaluru City Deputy Commissioner.