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I have a Constitutional duty: Bhardwaj

J. Balaji

NEW DELHI: As the stalemate continues in Karnataka with the Congress-Janata Dal (S) combine seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the mining activities of the Reddy brothers, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj has made it clear that even if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders close their eyes he cannot do so, and he has a Constitutional duty to perform.

He left for Bangalore on Thursday evening after winding up his three-day visit here during which he met President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P. Chidambaram and complained about the activities of the Reddy brothers and the BJP Government's failure to keep them in check.

Mr. Bhardwaj told a private news channel, “I have been a Congressman… But I am now a Governor and my role is that of a Governor.”

Justifies visit

Justifying his Delhi visit to complain against the BJP Government, he said “in public life this is part of my Constitutional duty to inform the Constitutional authorities to whom I report”.

On the illegal mining issue, without naming the Reddy brothers, he said: “The offenders should be brought to book and that is for the Government to do”.

Sources close to Mr. Yeddyurappa in Bangalore said Mr. Bhardwaj was crossing the Lakshman Rekha of his constitutional obligations by politicising the issue and going beyond his limits, and it could not be tolerated.

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