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Gujarat Lokayukta row: Modi asks PM to recall Governor Beniwal


September 1, 2011 - Ahmedabad/New Delhi

Ahmedabad/New Delhi, Sep 1 Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has written to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, asking him to recall Governor Dr. Kamla Beniwal in the context of the later appointing RA Mehta as the new Lokayukta of the state.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani had earlier on August 30 said that he would soon meet President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on the issue, and termed the ppointment to be an attack on the democratic structure of the country.

"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.

The BJP had given notices in both Houses of Parliament on August 30 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.

ANI

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