Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Sunday met senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to seek advice on his course of action to face the prosecution case filed against him by two city-based lawyers for alleged corruption.
The chief minister, who declined to quit Saturday, asserted that he would fight till the end to prove that he did not commit any offence and complete his five-year term.
In Bangalore, a senior official said that the chief minister flew to Delhi this (Sunday) afternoon to apprise the party leadership on the political developments in the state following the governor’s (H.R. Bhardwaj) sanction for his prosecution and seek advice on the next course of action.’
‘The chief minister will decide in consultation with the party leadership whether to challenge the governor’s prosecution order in the Karnataka High Court on Monday for staying the proceedings in the special Lokyayukta (Ombudsman) court where two criminal cases were filed on Saturday by advocates K.N. Balaraj and Sirajin Basha,’ the official from the chief minister’s office, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IANS.
Legal luminary and party’s Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani and senior counsel Satyapal Jain are likely to assist the chief minister in drafting the petition against the governor’s order in the high court.
Former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu demanded the recall of the governor, saying Bhardwaj, by his action of sanctioning the prosecution of Yeddyurappa, has undermined democracy.
The BJP would raise the issue in the forthcoming budget session of parliament, Naidu told reporters in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada city, adding the continuation of Bhardwaj was detrimental to the relationship between the central government and the states.