New Delhi, Jan 22 (Agencies): Home Minister P Chidamabaram on Saturday criticized BJP for its attack on Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj granting sanction to prosecute the chief minister and said the governor's decision was in accordance with the law.

In a signed statement, he asked the Karnataka Government and BJP to maintain law and order, saying the party's move to take to the streets against the governor's decision is not acceptable. "It is not the first time that a Governor has given his sanction to prosecute a chief minister or a minister of the state government. The law in this respect is clear and well-settled," he said.

The Home Minister said he was "disappointed" that the BJP has raised the decibel level and has taken to the streets which was "not correct" and was "totally unacceptable". "The Government of Karnataka is obliged to maintain law and order in the state, not to standby when law and order is disrupted by party cadres or there are acts of violence," he said.

Bhardwaj had yesterday sanctioned prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in alleged land scams. The BJP had hit back at the Governor calling the decision constitutionally improper and politically motivated. Taking a dig at BJP, Chidambaram said he was glad to note that the party no longer says that "the alleged transgressions of law in Karnataka are only immoral and not illegal."

"Surely, the BJP knows the legal position. The BJP also knows that any person aggrieved by the order of the Governor can seek legal remedies. Hence, it is my sincere hope that the BJP will advise its state unit to abide by the law and will advise the Government of Karnataka to discharge its constitutional obligation to maintain law and order," he said.

Congress also supported the Governor on the issue, with Abhishek Manu singhvi saying, "These are situations which are well known and established. The Governor has acted after full application of mind. Only those who have something to hide should be worried. Otherwise this is the discretion and if anybody is aggrieved, they can take appropriate actions in law."

However, the BJP reacted sharply, alleging that the Governor had acted like the agent of the Congress party. BJP chief Nitin Gadkari has accused H R Bhardwaj of foisting cases against the chief minister saying, “Yeddyurappa hasn't done anything illegal.”  
BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley hit out saying that according to the rule book, the Governor has acted out of line.

Raj Bhavan delivers sanction order to CM's office

Meanwhile, a day after sanctioning prosecution of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in alleged land scams, Governor H R Bhardwaj's order on the issue was delivered on Saturday morning to the Chief Minister's office. "Yeddyurappa's January 21 letter to Bhardwaj asking for a copy of the sanction order was received by Raj Bhavan at 11 PM," a communique said.

An eight-member ministerial team had on Saturday morning staged a march to Raj Bhavan demanding that the Governor provide them a copy of the order according sanction for prosecuting Yeddyurappa.