Chidambaram flays BJP for attacking Guv decision

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidamabaram today criticised BJP for its attack on Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj granting sanction to prosecute the chief minister and said the governor`s decision was in accordance with the law.

In a signed statement, he asked the Karnataka Government and BJP to maintain law and order, saying the party`s move to take to the streets against the governor`s decision is not acceptable.

"It is not the first time that a Governor has given his sanction to prosecute a chief minister or a minister of the state government. The law in this respect is clear and well-settled," he said.

The Home Minister said he was "disappointed" that the BJP has raised the decibel level and has taken to the streets which was "not correct" and was "totally unacceptable".

"The Government of Karnataka is obliged to maintain law and order in the state, not to standby when law and order is disrupted by party cadres or there are acts of violence," he said.

Bhardwaj had yesterday sanctioned prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in alleged land scams.

The BJP had hit back at the Governor calling the decision constitutionally improper and politically motivated.

Taking a dig at BJP, Chidambaram said he was glad to note that the party no longer says that "the alleged transgressions of law in Karnataka are only immoral and not illegal."

"Surely, the BJP knows the legal position. The BJP also knows that any person aggrieved by the order of the Governor can seek legal remedies. Hence, it is my sincere hope that the BJP will advise its state unit to abide by the law and will advise the Government of Karnataka to discharge its constitutional obligation to maintain law and order," he said.