Yeddyurappa hasnt done anything illegal: Gadkari

Beijing: Accusing Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj of foisting cases against B S Yeddyurappa, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari has said the state Chief Minister has not committed any "illegal act" in allotment of plots even though denotifying land in favour of his son was "immoral" and "not proper."

Commenting on Bhardwaj`s decision to sanction prosecution against Yeddyurappa, Gadkari, who is in China on a five-day visit, told the Indian media here that denotification of land is the privilege of the Chief Minister, which was exercised by many of Yeddyurappa`s predecessors.

"Denotification of land is privilege and right of Chief Minister given by law. Nothing is wrong with it. Before Yeddyurappa, (former Chief Ministers H D) Kumarasamy, Dharma Singh and S M Krishna exercised it several times. Governor has not taken action against them because they belonged to Congress Party," he said.

"Only thing is that BJP and I personally feel that denotifying land for his (Chief Minister`s) son, though it is a legal decision, on the ground of morality, I think it is not good. It is not proper and immoral I think…," he said.

If it is illegal why the government has not taken action against the previous Chief Ministers? he asked.

Gadkari alleged the Governor`s decision was politically motivated and that he was working under the directives of Congress.

The BJP demands his recall as he has already crossed the limits, he said.

It is total discrimination, Gadkari said, claiming that many number of cases filed against Yeddyurappa are politically motivated.

"They are misusing the institution of Governor and creating problems for democracy in the country. It is unfortunate that the institution of Governor is diluted in such a way that people have lost faith," he said.