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Bihar legislators can go to court, says Naidu
May 24, 2005 17:24 IST
Doing an about-turn a day after announcing its move to legally challenge the dissolution of the Bihar assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party today said it would not move the court.
"If one has to move the court, he should be the aggrieved party. Only Bihar legislators are the affected party. They might move the court and not the BJP," party vice president M Venkaiah Naidu told a press conference in New Delhi.
Coming down heavily on Bihar Governor Buta Singh and the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre for invoking Article 356 in the state, Naidu accused the governor of failing in his Constitutional duty to explore all possibilities for forming a popular government in the state.
The dissolution of the assembly was only to prevent Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar from becoming the chief minister, Naidu said.
He wanted to know how the governor came to the conclusion about rampant horse-trading over legislators, even before anybody staked a claim to form the government.
"It is funny that a person who was an accused in the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha bribery case (a reference to Buta Singh), is now talking about horse-trading," Naidu said.
Describing the Union Cabinet's decision to dissolve the assembly as a "shameless murder of democracy", Naidu said, "The people have rejected Lalu-Rabri rule. Now it will not be Rashtrapati rule, but 'Rabripati' (Lalu Prasad) rule again."