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Buta defends decision

May 23, 2005 14:59 IST

Dismissing charges that he acted "under duress", Bihar Governor Buta Singh on Monday defended his action in recommending dissolution of the Bihar assembly and said it was done to prevent horse-trading and save democracy.

"My biggest fear was horse-trading, buying of MLAs and making them sign on papers under duress," he told reporters here hours after dissolution of the 243-member assembly.

Asked to comment on the National Democratic Alliance's criticism that he had acted under pressure from Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, the governor said it was unfair and unfounded. "I cannot comment on such wild allegations," he said.

Singh said, in fact, he saved democracy and prevented law and order from getting out of hand as people were roaming about with arms.

He said he had to take the steps in view of reports of "activities" of horse-trading going on in the name of government formation. "I term them as illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional. I could not permit them... I will never permit such things, that is my duty," he said.

To a question on the transfers of district magistrates of Siwan and Gopalganj, the governor said it was wrong to dub the move as politically motivated.

The Siwan district magistrate had sought transfer to Maharashtra as his wife, a superintendent of police, was posted there and he went on leave. The Gopalganj DM also went on leave and as such alternative arrangements had to be made, he said.

Asked when assembly polls could be held in the state, the governor said it was for the Election Commission to decide.


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Number of User Comments: 4

Sub: Dear Mr. Bhattacharya,

We must all know that horse trading, the original hero being Narsimha Rao, is the exclusive monopoly of the safed topi and her satellites. When ...

Posted by chanakya

Sub: hell no

we need no explanation just a resignation, is Dr. Kalam listening.

Posted by josh

Sub: Dissolution of the Bihar Assembly

Excellent decision by the Governor Buta Singh, which was prompted by the horse trading that was expected in the next few days, and the buying ...

Posted by Debashish Bhattacharyya

Sub: why was buta singh made the governotr

under the right of information act,i want to know the decision making process by which buta singh was made the governor by govt of india. ...

Posted by sudhir suri


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