Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched an attack on governor Kamla Beniwal and the Centre for trying to “destabilise his government and run a parallel administration from Raj Bhavan”.
Demanding the removal of the governor, who has appointed justice RA Mehta lokayukta without consulting the state government, he said Raj Bhavan had become a tool to “destabilise the state government”.
Modi was addressing a rally organised by the BJP on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Around 200,000 people were brought from across the state in more than 5,000 state transport and private luxury buses and private vehicles. No national leader of the BJP was present at the rally.
Stressing that the dignity of the post of governor should be maintained, Modi said she “has lost the dignity of the post”. He, however, remained silent on the lokayukta appointment, which his government has challenged at the high court.
“Ever since the UPA took over in 2004, they have been trying one trick after another to dislodge my government. Now, they have converted the Raj Bhavan into Congress Bhavan and are trying to run a parallel government from there, undermining the federal structure and elected government,” he said.
“Today, the elected government in the state is not even allowed to appoint the vice-chancellor of any university. The governor has created a parallel system at all levels,” he said, exhorting people to demand answers from the “Delhi Sultanate”.
“This is a mega rally against the governor. This is a mega rally against the conspiracy of the central government,” he said.
He said the Congress was resorting to “petty politics” to gain power when the people have repeatedly rejected the party at the polls.
“We want to remind the Congress and the central government that this is a democracy. It has been 20 years, but you have not been able win the hearts of the people of Gujarat,” he said.
The Congress went out of power in 1990.