New Delhi/Karnataka, Jan 21 (Agencies): Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj's sanctioning the prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on corruption charges on Friday sparked a political storm with the Opposition accusing him of setting a "wrong precedent" while Congress defended his action saying he did after "full application of mind".

Reacting sharply to the development, BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley said Bhardwaj's action was constitutionally improper and politically motivated in order to bail out Congress from its "poor plight" in the state.

He alleged the Raj Bhawan was turned into an area of activity for Congress and Bhardwaj "even during his tenure as Governor, has been proudly proclaiming his political affiliation. He carries his political affiliation on his sleeve.

"The continuous course of his conduct, his utterances, his vocabulary, his phrases, his arguments all show a distinct political character to his conduct and an absolute lack of
restraint," Jaitley said.

The BJP leader said when the Lokayukta was investigating all the charges against the Chief Minister and the state government had already instituted an inquiry into land allotments from 1994 onwards, the Governor should have waited for the outcome before sanctioning prosecution.

Mohan Singh of Samajwadi Party said the Governor's move would affect Centre-State relations and the Congress leadership needed to understand.

Noting that the Governor needed to go as per the advice of the state government, he regretted that the Bhardwaj had acted inspite of a view to the contrary given by the state
cabinet.

JD-U chief Sharad Yadav, who is also NDA convenor, said such acts spoil the political atmosphere.

"Governor should remain within his limits. He does not run the government but the Chief Minister. Such acts spoil the political atmoshphere. The Governor's post should not be politicised," Yadav said.

Congress, however, justified the action of Governor saying he has done so after full application of mind.

"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.

Meanwhile, Karnataka's ruling BJP called a state-wide bandh on Saturday protesting Governor H R Bhardwaj's sanction for prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

The party also ruled out Yeddyurappa's resignation in the wake of the Governor's action.

Taking stock of the crisis triggered by Bhardwaj's action, an emergent meeting of the party declared it would fight "legally and politically" against the Governor's sanction which it described as "unconstitutional and politically-motivated".