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Advani to discuss Gujarat Lokayukta issue with President Patil

August 30, 2011 - New Delhi

With the controversy surrounding the appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat gaining momentum, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani terming it to be an attack on the democratic structure of the country, today said that he would soon meet President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on the issue.

"We are going to meet the President on September 1 or 2 when she returns to the capital. All norms were ignored by the Governor like consultation with the Chief Minister before the appointment or taking the advice of his Cabinet on the issue," Advani told mediapersons outside Parliament here.

"The Lokayukta was appointed by the Governor bypassing all established norms. Yes, we are going to meet the President over this," he added.

Another senior BJP leader from Maharashtra, Gopinath Munde, also appeared to be on the same wavelength as Advani and said the decision of the Governor to appoint the Lokayukta without consulting the Chief Minister will affect the country's federal structure.

"We have given a Question Hour suspension notice on the issue of Gujarat. The Gujarat Governor had appointed the Lokayukta there; this decision of the Governor will affect the federal structure of our country," Munde told mediapersons earlier in the day.

"In the federal structure of the constitution, the government has a right. Without the advice of the government, the Governor had appointed a Lokayukta there. So, we will raise this issue in Both Houses of Parliament," he added.

Meanwhile, uproar over the appointment of a Lokayukta in Gujarat without the consent of the Narendra Modi-led Government led to repeated adjournments in Parliament today.

The BJP gave notices in both Houses of Parliament earlier in the day for suspension of Question Hour to discuss the appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat by the Governor.

BJP member Haren Pathak gave the notice for suspension of Question Hour in Lok Sabha to Speaker Meira Kumar, while senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley submitted this notice in the Rajya Sabha.

Gujarat Governor Dr. Kamla Beniwal had on Friday appointed a retired High Court Judge, RA Mehta, as the new Lokayukta of the state.


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