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Bihar Governor Buta Singh not to step down

Buta Singh would not step down in the wake of the Supreme Court's strong observation against him.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 13:48 IST

Bihar Governor Buta Singh on Tuesday said that he would not step down in the wake of the Supreme Court's strong observation against him on the dissolution of the State assembly.

"I will take salute on January 26 in Patna," he told reporters in New Delhi.

"Who told you that I am resigning? I have not said anything on it," Singh said shortly after the Supreme Court observation.

Refusing any further comment on the Supreme Court judgement, he claimed the Bihar administration had "fully implemented" the October 7 verdict by conducting assembly elections in a "remarkable" manner.

To a pointed question whether he was stepping down, Singh said "I will take salute on January 26 (Republic Day). But I am happy that elections were held in Bihar in a remarkable manner. Such elections were never held in Bihar. I am happy I have fully implemented the Supreme Court verdict."

On the charge that his recommendation to dissolve the Bihar Assembly was aimed at favouring a particular political party, he declined to comment.

"No comments. I have nothing to say." Singh abruptly ended his press conference, saying he would study the full judgement.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 13:44 IST