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BJP petitions Kalam to recall Jamir
February 04, 2005 01:33 IST
A Bharatiya Janata Party delegation led by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Thursday met President A P J Abdul Kalam and demanded the immediate reinstatement of the party's government in Goa and recall of Governor S C Jamir for his "unconstitutional and partisan" action.
Seventeen Goa legislators were also part of the delegation.
The 28-member delegation, which included party president L K Advani and ousted chief minister Manohar Parrikar, submitted a memorandum to Kalam, accusing the governor of "mounting an unprecedented assault on Indian democracy."
"The entire sequence of events, since the appointment of Jamir as governor of Goa till last night (Wednesday), proves beyond any doubt that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre had hatched a plot to destabilise the BJP government in Goa and use the high office of the governor to bring it to fruition," it said.
The BJP delegation impressed upon the President that under the Constitution and also as per the established norms of democracy, the governor has no powers to annul the ruling of the speaker.
"Judiciary is the sole forum before which an appeal can be made against the Speaker's ruling."
It also pointed out that while the governor gave only one day to Parrikar to prove his majority, he gave 30 days to incumbent Pratapsinh Rane to do so.
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