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Sushil asks for Patil scalp

- BJP leader terms governor ‘agent’ of Dal in context of new chief minister

Patna, June 17: Amid reports of the Centre seeking resignation from the UPA-appointed governors, senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi today demanded the removal of D.Y. Patil too.

“The Centre has demanded resignation from five governors on the basis of their performance. Bihar too makes a fit case for the replacement of its governor,” Modi said.

The veteran BJP leader alleged that Patil has acted as an “agent” of the JDU government in the context of appointing Jitan Ram Manjhi as the chief minister and nomination of at least five members of the Legislative Council.

“Nitish Kumar resigned as the chief minister on May 17 fuelling high-voltage drama in the JDU legislature party. The MLAs authorised Nitish to choose his successor. Thus, Nitish picked up Manjhi as his successor whom the governor administered oath. Manjhi was never elected as the JDU legislature party leader,” Modi said at the sidelines of his janata durbar.

Sushil also attacked Patil for abiding by the “diktat” of the JDU government in the appointment of five MLCs after they had resigned as MLAs. He added: “The list of 12 people, including five who had resigned as MLAs, was sent for the appointment of JDU MLCs to Raj Bhavan on May 24 around 7.30pm. Raj Bhavan, without applying its mind, issued the notification within an hour after receiving the list.”

Of 12 MLCs nominated, the JDU government rewarded five former MLAs crossing the floor from the RJD and the BJP. Those becoming the JDU MLCs included Samrat Chaudhary, Ramlakhan Ram Raman and Javed Iqbal — all RJD MLAs who had resigned from the House’s membership a little while ago. The BJP MLAs nominated as JDU MLCs were Vijay Kumar Mishra and Rana Gangeshwar Singh.

Sushil also alleged that the governor did not accept the BJP’s demand for physical verification of members supporting the Manjhi government which amounted to violation of the norms that he should have led Manjhi to take oath only when he was satisfied that Manjhi commanded the majority in his favour. Manjhi, however, had later won the trust motion.

The JDU leadership rejected Sushil’s allegations. JDU spokesperson Ajay Alok said: “It is the old game of BJP whenever they come to power. They remove governors with mala fide intentions.”

Alok also countered the charges made by Sushil that Manjhi was not elected as JDU legislature party leader.

“Sushil was not supposed to be the part of the JDU’s legislature party proceedings that elected Manjhi as its leader,” he said.

Sources said the NDA government is also following the example set by the UPA government which, after coming to power in 2004, got rid of BJP appointees in Raj Bhavans, including Vishnukant Shastri (Uttar Pradesh), Kailashpati Mishra (Gujarat), Babu Parmananad (Haryana) and Kedarnath Sahni (Goa).


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