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Barak deal: George seeks UPA's dismissal

Fernandes in his letter said there is violation of the law and Constitution by those holding office in the government.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2006 18:43 IST

On a day when CBI filed an FIR against him in connection with alleged irregularities in a defence deal, former Defence Minister George Fernandes on Tuesday, shot off a letter to President APJ Abdul Kalam demanding dismissal of UPA government on the issue of alleged corruption citing an international anti-graft watchdog report.

Referring to the report by Transparency International which rates India as the worst performer on the Bribe Payer's Index (BPI), Fernandes in his letter said this means that there is violation of the law and the Constitution by those who are holding office in the government.

"There cannot be anything more demeaning for our country than being a nation that has been declared as the number one corrupt nation in the world," he said.

"Please dismiss this government and order elections to relieve the country from the humility that we are presently subjected to by the corrupt establishment of the government," Fernandes said.

The BPI is based on propensities of companies from the world's 30 leading exporting countries in bribing abroad. India's has been ranked at the 30th position in BPI with a score of 4.62.