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Advani leads NDA to Prez to protest Bihar House dissolution
June 10, 2005 15:00 IST
Last Updated: June 10, 2005 18:58 IST
Terming the dissolution of the Bihar assembly as a 'colossal fraud on the Constitution', a National Democratic Alliance delegation led by Bharatiya Janata Party president Lal Kishenchand Advani and Janata Dal-United chief George Fernandes on Friday lodged a strong protest with President A P J Abdul Kalam and urged him to undo the 'unconstitutional' act.
Advani, who resigned from his post on Tuesday after coming under a sharp attack from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its allied bodies for his remarks praising Mohammed Ali Jinnah, on Friday decided to withdraw his resignation, according to reliable sources in the BJP and the RSS.
"It is our obligation to point out to the President the colossal fraud on the Constitution," BJP general secretary of Bihar Arun Jaitley told reporters after the 30-minute meeting with Kalam.
Earlier, Advani and Fernandes led a march on behalf of the JD-U and rebel Lok Janshakti Party legislators of the dissolved House to Rashtrapati Bhavan to present a memorandum to Kalam.
Jaitley claimed while 126 members of the dissolved House were present before the President, six others could not come as four of them were in jail and two because of other reasons.
He also circulated copies of letters by the four MLAs in jail supporting Nitish Kumar's candidature for the Bihar chief ministership.
"The government has not given the correct picture when it sent the report to the President who was then in Moscow while recommending dissolution of the House," Jaitley said.
He alleged that the President was 'misled' about the support of 132 to 135 MLAs to Kumar.
Asked about the response from the President, Jaitley said, "He heard us and said he would look into it."
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