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`Advise' Manmohan to quit, NDA urges Kalam

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Bihar Assembly dissolution a "fraud" on the Constitution


  • The dissolution even before the Assembly was constituted was a "classic example" of the "worst-ever misuse" of Article 356: Advani
  • Blames the Prime Minister for "misleading" the President
  • "The Government had not been able to substantiate the grounds on which the Cabinet had recommended the dissolution"



    POINT BLANK: BJP president L.K. Advani with Sushma Swaraj, addressing the media after submitting a memorandum to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on Thursday. — Photo: V. Sudershan

    NEW DELHI: : A National Democratic Alliance delegation met President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Thursday evening and urged him to "advise the Prime Minister to tender his resignation owning moral responsibility" for the "fraud" on the Constitution played by the dissolution of the Bihar Assembly on May 23.

    Bharatiya Janata Party president L.K. Advani and Janata Dal (United) leader George Fernandes led the delegation that included BJP leaders Jaswant Singh, V. K. Malhotra, Sushma Swaraj and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. A memorandum submitted by them said: "The Governor of Bihar and the Union Government are guilty of violation of constitutional norms. Their continuation in office is a threat to constitutionalism."

    Wants Governor recalled

    It urged the President "to recall the Governor of Bihar and advise the Prime Minister [Manmohan Singh] to tender his resignation owning moral responsibility for this fraud on the Constitution."

    Unconstitutional

    So far Mr. Advani had stopped short of asking for the Prime Minister's resignation although some NDA leaders had demanded this following the Supreme Court's verdict holding the May 23 dissolution "unconstitutional".

    Coming out of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mr. Advani said that the May 23 dissolution even before the Assembly was constituted was a "classic example" of the "worst-ever misuse" of Article 356.He blamed the Prime Minister for "misleading" the President and pointed out that the Prime Minister had stated that he did not disown responsibility. The Government, he added, had not been able to substantiate the grounds on which the Cabinet had recommended the dissolution "forcing" another election on the people and "cheating" them.

    The NDA once again claimed that it was on the verge of claiming majority for forming a government when the Assembly was dissolved.

    Poll plank

    The NDA has let it be known that the Court's verdict would be used by it as a major poll plank in the State where voting for the first phase of polls is scheduled to take place on October 18.

    The demand for the Prime Minister's resignation was being seen as an effort to give added strength to its election campaign where the NDA will be once again trying to end the 15-year Rashtriya Janata Dal rule, barring President's Rule since the February 2005 polls and a short spell of President's Rule earlier.

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