MP CM to go on fast on Sunday, JD(U) terms it unconstitutional

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan will begin his indefinite fast on Sunday to highlight several demands made by the state which are pending with the union government.

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2011, 23:47 PM IST

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan will begin his indefinite fast tomorrow
to highlight several demands made by the state which are
pending with the union government even as Janata Dal(United)
claimed the fast by the Chief Minister would be
unconstitutional.

The Chief Minister Chouhan would begin his indefinite
fast from 12 noon tomorrow along with a large number of party
workers, the State BJP`s media in-charge, Dr Hitesh Vajpayee
told reporters.

Chouhan is compelled to observe an indefinite fast
against the Centre as issues like providing relief to the
frost-hit farmers, inadequate coal supply and poor state of
national highways among others have been ignored, he said.
The Chief Minister has also written a letter to the
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his intervention to sort
out issues concerning the state.

Meanwhile, the State Janata Dal (United) today said that
Chouhan`s decision to go on fast is `unconstitutional`.

"Chouhan`s fast will trigger off a constitutional crisis,"
Madhya Pradesh JD (United) Govind Yadav said in statement.
He argued that it was mandatory for the Chief Minister
to take the Governor`s consent before going on the fast.

"If the Chief Minister was facing any problem while doing
public good, he should inform the Governor according to the
Constitution," he said.

Quoting provision in the constitution, he said that "all
executive actions of the government of the state shall be
expressed to be taken in the name of Governor. It is the duty
of the Chief Minister of each State to communicate to the
Governor all decisions of the Council of Ministers relating to
the administration of the State".

The Governor should immediately intervene in the
matter, the JD (U) statement said.

PTI