Guv action, Cong attempt to divert attention from scam: BJP

Bangalore: BJP on Tuesday alleged that the Karnataka Governor had sanctioned prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa at the instance of Congress to divert people`s attention from 2G, CWG and other scams, and warned that the party would not take things "lying down".

Addressing state BJP legislature party meeting here, senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu said it was clear from the manner in which Union Ministers P Chidambaram and M Veerappa Moily supported Governor H R Bhardwaj, that "the real villain of the entire episode is the Congress high command in Delhi."

"They (UPA) want to divert the attention of the people from massive, neck-deep corruption in which the central government is involved.Lakhs of crores of public money have been looted.," he said

Naidu said the UPA does not have an answer and guts to take action.

He also alleged that Congress and UPA want to "embarrass" the BJP because it is in the"forefront of a larger agitation against them on the issue of corruption.

The Governor`s action was also to destabilise the first BJP government in the south, he alleged, charging Bhardwaj with colluding with the Congress and JD-S "which are trying to come to power through back-door by misusing Governor`s office."

Coming down heavily on the Governor for sanctioning the prosecution of Yeddyurappa on a petition by two lawyers, Naidu said if action was taken as a "principle or system or precedent", no government in the country can survive.

"No state government can function (if such a thing were to happen in any state). There will be chaos. It will be a mockery of elections," Naidu stressed.

"What H R Bharwaj has done is a fraud on the Constitution of India. It`s a murder of democracy. He is making a mockery of the entire system," he charged.

He said it was Bhardwaj, who as the then Union Law Minister, had allowed Italian businessman and the key accused in Bofors scam, Ottavio Quattrochhi, to leave the country and also withdraw money from his account.

"When the Governor sanctioned prosecution of Yeddyurappa, why the other three former Chief Ministers S M Krishna, N Dharam Singh and H D Kumarswamy, whom the BJP has accused of similar land denotifications, were being spared?" he asked.

He alleged that during the JD-S regime, Kumaraswamy made "exemptions" (in land allotment) and denotification (of land). "Relatives have been favoured. Not only by Kumaraswamy, S M Krishna did the same thing," he said.