PM confers with colleagues on Guj Lokayukta

Last Updated: Friday, September 2, 2011 - 00:31

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Thursday held a meeting with his senior cabinet colleagues in the
backdrop of the controversies surrounding the appointment of
Lokayukta in BJP-ruled Gujarat.

Singh held consultations with Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Law Minister Salman
Khurshid and Defence Minister AK Antony for 80 minutes at his
residence.

There was no official word on what transpired at the
meeting.

The meeting took place a day before BJP`s scheduled
meetintg with President Pratibha Patil tomorrow to press for
the recall of state Governor Kamla Beniwal.

BJP has accused the Governor of appointing the Lokayukta
in the state without the consulting the state Government.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today wrote to the
Prime Minister demanding the Governor Kamla Beniwal be
recalled over her controversial appointment of Lokayukta
bypassing the state government and annulment of the
appointment of the Lokayukta.

The Governor had appointed justice RA Mehta as Gujarat
Lokayukta last week.

BJP has sought to make a big controversy out of the issue
by disrupting the functioning of both Lok Sabha and Rajya
Sabha. Both the Houses are likely to face disruption tomorrow
as well when Parliament meets after a break of two days.

Meanwhile, Congress also plans to counter BJP`s attack
arguing that the law for the appointment of Lokayukta in
Gujarat nowhere mentions that the Governor has to consult the
Council of Ministers before making any appointment.

Congress also alleged BJP was trying to create a
controversy on the issue to deflect attention from Chief
Minister Narendra Modi`s "questionable deeds".

PTI



First Published: Friday, September 2, 2011 - 00:31

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