New Delhi: The UPA government and the ruling party may be defending Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj over his recommendation to impose President’s Rule in Karnataka, but as per the sources, the government is quite unhappy with his ‘in-haste action’.

The government and the party is of the opinion that Bhardwaj’s action, for the first time, gave leverage to the BJP to push the Congress-led Central government on the back foot on the Karnataka issue.

The government is of the view that the his ‘in-haste action’ has in fact bailed out the BS Yeddyurappa government which has been under the scanner over a slew of charges of corruption ever since it came to power in the state.

However, Home Minister P Chidambaram and the Congress have rejected BSY demand of recalling Bhardwaj. In fact Home Ministry will also send a warning to Karnataka government to defend HR Bhardwaj’s action in public.

Chidambaram admitted that the constitutional position in Karnataka has not reached to a pass that allowes the Centre to impose President’s Rule.

“It was accepted in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs at the Prime Minister’s residence on Sunday that the right of the Centre to invoke action under Article-356 are very limited. Supreme Court’s decision was also kept in mind in this regard, Chidambaram said.

It is noteworthy that in its verdict in the SR Bommai case, the Apex Court had ruled the floor of the House is a rightful place to prove majority of a government.

According to sources, Bhardwaj was of the view that elections be held in the state without giving any chance to Yeddyurappa to prove his majority. But, Karnataka unit of Congress was non-committal that they can come back to power after the election.

The state Congress leaders also told the high command that Bhardwaj was playing in the hands of JDS chief and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.

Though the Centre seconded Bhardwaj’s decision of sending report after the Supreme Court’s decision, it is of the view that he should have refrained from batting for President’s Rule as political environment was not conducive.

Since an upset Congress was not in a position to do anything, Chidambaram and Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwary defended Bhardwaj by terming BJP government in Karnataka ‘illegal’.

JPN/Bureau