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Jindal plays down recall petition against him

Indian-American Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal has played down an embarrassing 'recall petition' against him for not vetoing a legislation that doubles the salaries of state lawmakers.

world Updated: Jun 30, 2008 18:32 IST

Indian-American Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal has played down an embarrassing 'recall petition' against him for not vetoing a legislation that doubles the salaries of state lawmakers, saying that there is still time to re-consider the "excessive" pay hike that has "enraged" the public.

Jindal, 37, a top contender for Republican vice presidential ticket, said the process is yet to play out and that there is still time for legislators to re-consider their doubling of salaries. He has until July 8 to veto the bill or it will become law.

"I still think the pay is excessive. We still actually have over a week before that law goes into effect.... And there is still time to stop them. We still have a week. And we still have many options to make sure that we don't see legislators take a pay raise," Jindal said on CNN's Late Edition on Sunday.

Jindal, who is the youngest governor to be elected to the post, has been against the idea doubling legislators salaries. But he baulked at the notion of vetoing the legislation leading to a campaign to recall him.

"... I don't think any pay raise should go into effect until after the next election. The good news is we still have time to stop this excessive pay raise. And we're working with legislators on many options to stop that, over the next week" he added.

The petition against Jindal was filed last week by Ryan Fournier, a 32-year-old former Jindal supporter who "feels that the Governor is going against all of the things that he said he stands for".