BJP demands resignation of Union Minister Pala
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 21:08
Shillong: The BJP in Meghalaya on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Union Minister Vincent Pala alleging his role in last year's controversial jailbreak case.

BJP leaders met Governor R S Mooshahary and dashed off a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil demanding the ouster of the minister of state for water resources from the Union Cabinet.

State BJP president H S Syiemlieh claimed that three undertrials had confessed before the inquiry commission headed by Justice (retired) T Biswas, which is likely to establish the nexus between criminals, police and politicians, including Pala.

The state government had ordered a judicial probe into the controversial jailbreak incident of May 31 that saw the escape of seven dreaded criminals, one of whom was shot dead and others captured later.

Sceptical over the mysterious killing of the jailbreak mastermind a day after the incident, the BJP said, "the Union Minister had voluntarily offered to depose before the inquiry commission. Before doing so, he has to resign on moral grounds".

Pala, who represents Shillong Lok Sabha constituency, should be dropped from the ministry till he is cleared of the allegations, the BJP said in the memorandum.


First Published: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 21:08

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