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Naidu wants PM to sack Singh

BJP asked the PM to drop HRD minister Arjun Singh from the Cabinet for "violating" the model code of conduct.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 16:53 IST

The BJP on Monday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to drop HRD minister Arjun Singh from the Cabinet for "violating" the model code of conduct by announcing a proposal for reservation for OBCs in central educational institutions when assembly elections are on in five states.

Addressing a press meet, party leader M Venkaiah Naidu also asked the Election Commission to take "strong action" against Arjun Singh as his statement was in "clear violation" of the model code.

"If action is not taken against Singh, the model code of conduct will become a mockery," Naidu said, adding Singh's statement was a "cheap political gimmick", aimed at gaining political mileage in the states going to polls.

"BJP neither opposes the statement or welcomes it. The issue is very sensitive and a thorough debate is needed."

On the UPA government's functioning, Naidu said differences within the UPA was increasing day by day and the BJP expected a mid-term polls to Parliament after the elections in five states.

"The UPA has become an Ulta Pulta Alliance," said Naidu, who was in the state for campaigning for the BJP candidates. "There is no central figure in the UPA government who can command respect and lead the government."

The Congress and the Left parties were working together at the Centre and were trying to fool the people of Kerala and West Bengal, where they were calling "each other corrupt, communal and anti-democratic," Naidu said.

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 18:08 IST