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MPs may complain to Kalam

THE BJP Members of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh led by Sushma Swaraj are likely to meet the President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in the next few days to lodge their protest against Governor Dr Balram Jakhar?s recent remarks.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 14:31 IST
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THE BJP Members of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh led by Sushma Swaraj are likely to meet the President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in the next few days to lodge their protest against Governor Dr Balram Jakhar’s recent remarks.

In fact, the State BJP changed its stand only after the central BJP leadership took exception to the Governor’s remarks. Today, State BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar asked the Governor “not to allow Raj Bhavan to become a centre of the Congress’s political activities”. 

PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya met the Central BJP leaders two days back to apprise them of the Governor’s statements ‘against’ Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other distinguished persons of the society and his outbursts on several occasions.

On Tuesday, the MPs from the State — Sushma Swaraj, Thawarchand Gehlot, Ganesh Singh and Sumitra Mahajan — raised the issue during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha. .

The party sources said so far the government’s and the party’s stand was that there should be no reaction to the Governor’s remarks and statements. That’s why when the media people approached Tomar two days back to seek his reaction on the Governor’s alleged statement – “Shooting the CM” at an NGO’s programme —  Tomar chose to be tightlipped. 

In keeping with his stand, none of the BJP leaders reacted to the Governor’s remarks. The Chief Minister was of the view that when the Governor himself had denied having issued the statement there was no point in lodging protest against him. 

That’s why when Vijayvargiya issued statements against the Governor in Delhi after meeting the Central BJP leaders, everybody in the State BJP was surprised. But his statement signalled the Central BJP taking up the issue and giving its nod to launch attack on the Governor.

The Governor’s statements brought to the notice of the Central BJP leaders were “Governor’s snub to those desirous of becoming vice-chancellors by calling them “Jamuras”, “his snub to the CM saying that if he did not work he would shoot (shift) him”, “Sare rajnetaon ko theek kar dunga”, “khuda ki kasam main kuchh bhi kar sakta hoon”, etc, said the sources.

They said the Central BJP leaders were also convinced that the Governor asked the State Government to discuss the Indore social security pension scam issue at the behest of the Congress.