Jamir tried to save Deshmukh’s chair: MundeDecember 17th, 2008 - 12:07 am ICT by IANS
Nagpur, Dec 16 (IANS) Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde Tuesday charged Maharashtra Governor S.C. Jamir with committing gross constitutional impropriety by going to Delhi to plead for the continuance of former chief minister Vilasrao Desmkukh in office.Participating in a debate in the state assembly on the 26/11 terror strike in Mumbai and the state’s response to it, Munde said that the governor went to Delhi (a day before accepting Deshmukh’s resignation) to plead with the Congress high command for his continuance as chief minister.
Brushing aside Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s attempt to stop him from dragging the name of the governor in a legislative debate, Munde said he was only stating a fact and challenged him to prove that the governor went to Delhi to submit a report on the terror strike and the state’s response to it.
“Why should the governor take interest in the state politics and thus lower the dignity of his office?” the former deputy chief minister asked.
He also chided the leaders of the Congress, leading the ruling Democratic Front government in the state, for playing ‘musical chair’ in Mumbai and Delhi when the whole nation was still in a state of shock after the 26/11 strike.
“You (Congress party) need four days to take a decision on CM’s resignation, two days to name his successor and then three days to reconstitute the ministry at a time when the state is passing through perhaps its gravest crisis and the whole nation feels concerned about the people’s security,” Munde said.