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Sacking governors is a big blow to democracy: Vajpayee

July 03, 2004 16:59 IST

Attacking the United Progressive Alliance government for sacking four governors appointed during his tenure, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil should either deny that they had been removed because of their association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or 'apologise' to the RSS for using it as a reason.

Speaking to reporters on his arrival in Lucknow, he termed the sacking of the governors as a "big blow to democracy".

"The reasons [of the governors' association with the RSS] cited [for their removal] have not been denied so far," Vajpayee said. "It has been said that they had been dismissed because of their association with RSS."

"If this is wrong, the home minister should deny it or apologise to the RSS," the former prime minister said.

He said that government could have differences with the views of the RSS but asserted that it was untenable that people associated with the Sangh could not perform a constitutional duty or hold a constitutional post.

Vajpayee pointed out that governors are appointed for a period of five years and have to complete their term unless some they commit some "impropriety".  

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Number of User Comments: 8

Sub: Why appologise?

The whoe world knows what RSS and VHP are upto. (Troubling all minorities & Gandhi killers). Now if the Centre govt removes the governors associated ...

Posted by Reality

Sub: Sacking 4 Governers

Sacking is totally shameless and insulting to Hindustan itself, if the reason is RSS association. What wrong things RSS people have done?? These congress people ...

Posted by Dr. Bennur

Sub: It is their prerogative, Sir, aTALJI.

Sorry to tell you this, Sir, but it is their prerogative to sack them, if they continue sticking to their chairs in spite of having ...

Posted by chanakya

Sub: They should have steped down on request

BJP has gone public on the issue and asked its governors not to resign. Governor post is non political and they should not be directed ...

Posted by vivek

Sub: The Situaton requires more than apologies- Part 1

The action of the NPA in dismissing the governors says more about the enduring failure of Bharat’s politics and Constitution than their claim to be ...

Posted by Mr Khandu Patel



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