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Jagadish Shettar regrets his remarks

Staff Correspondent

DHARWAD: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagadish Shettar has expressed regret over his remarks against Governor H.R. Bhardwaj for sending back the Ordinance on reservation for elections to zilla and taluk panchayats.

Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of a function here on Tuesday, Mr. Shettar clarified that his remarks were not meant to hurt the Governor.

“I was responding to a query about the governor returning the Ordinance and defended the Government's action in sending it for his approval for the second time. I have the highest regard for the Constitutional authorities. I have not questioned the authority of the Governor, and if my statement has hurt him I express my regrets,” he said.

Mr. Shettar's remarks had irked the Governor prompting him to write a letter to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa expressing his displeasure.

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