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Buta steps down as Bihar Governor

However, Buta Singh defended his decision of recommending the dissolution of the Bihar House on May 22 last year.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 13:21 IST

Sourav Ganguly did not get the honourable exit he may have wanted, but someone else just did. Buta Singh's resignation on Thursday as Bihar governor had all the elements of a finale choreographed to the last detail. The Centre allowed him to take the R-Day salute and soon thereafter, the veteran Congressman delivered his part of the bargain.

The governor announced his resignation to newsmen at a tea party organised at the Raj Bhavan in Patna. Defending his decision of recommending the dissolution of the Bihar House on May 22 last year, Buta said he had sufficient evidence to prove that NDA leaders were trying to cobble a majority to form a government by indulging in "horse-trading".

He said the list submitted by the NDA leaders citing the support of 17 MLAs was signed by just one person and apart from his own information, the media too had suggested that horse-trading was taking place.

All this was compiled as evidence in the letter he sent to the president. Following this, the Union cabinet had recommended the dissolution of the House on charges of horse-trading and got the presidential assent on the midnight of May 23. Buta reiterated that he had not received any intimation from any party to stake claim to form the government.

While demitting office, Buta let it be known that he would move the court in defence of his report. "There was no political pressure on me. I've resigned out of sheer respect for the apex court," he told reporters at the At-Home. "The question that I've been made a scapegoat is politically motivated."

That exactly was the Centre's objective in permitting Buta time to lay down office. In fact, the resignation he faxed to the president saved the Centre the embarrassment of recalling a gubernatorial functionary whose advice had its express sanction.

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 19:47 IST