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NDA parades 41 MLAs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
Mounting pressure on the UPA government, the NDA today paraded 41 MLAs from Jharkhand to prove its majority in the 81-member Assembly before President APJ Abdul Kalam, who assured them that he will do whatever he can after his meeting with Governor Sibtey Razi tomorrow.

Describing the Governor as a "supari (contract) killer" of democracy, Mr Advani, who along with NDA convener George Fernandes, led the delegation told newspersons that Mr Razi's action was a brazen violation of the Constitution and a black spot on it.

He said the President's action in calling the Governor to Delhi has definitely had an "impact" on the developments in Bihar where attempts were being made to install a minority government.

It should also make the Central government think about "misusing" the Governor's office, Mr Advani said.

"We had so far heard about hijacking of aircraft, but now we are witnessing the hijack of democracy," Mr Advani said flanked by the five Independent MLAs, who have extended written support to the NDA.

The five Independent MLAs, Sudesh Mahato, Chandra Prakash Chaudhury, Madhu Kora, Hari Narayan Rai and Yunus Ekka, who flashed the victory sign, told mediapersons that they had extended support to the NDA and would continue to support it.

Mr Advani demanded that "undemocratically" appointed Shibu Soren government should be immediately dismissed and BJP Legislative Party leader Arjun Munda, who enjoyed the majority, should be invited to form the Government.

“It is condemnable that Mr Soren, who does not enjoy majority, has been appointed as Chief Minister. Besides he has been given 20 days by the Governor to prove his majority,” Mr Advani said.

The NDA leaders also sought the President’s intervention to ensure that there was no attempt by the State Governor to nominate the lone member from the Anglo-Indian community before the trial of strength in the House.

Stating that the five Independent MLAs, who have extended support, had added strength to the NDA’s fight against “facist” and “anti-democratic” forces, Mr Advani said the immense problems and hindrances faced by these MLAs speaks volume about the blatant manner in which the UPA was trying to subvert the mandate.

“I never knew that the distance between Ranchi and Delhi could be so treacherous and long. These five MLAs had to travel long distance by road, some distance on train and finally to land here by flight from Bhubaneshwar,” he said.

In a related development, Mr Razi, who was summoned by the President to have first hand account of the developments in the state, arrived here late this evening.

With BJP activists demonstrating with black flags at the VIP gate at Delhi Airport, Razi drove past waiting newspersons from a side gate.

Mr Razi will have discussions with the President tomorrow at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

There was high drama at Rashtrapati Bhavan, as prior to their entry into the portals of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the BJP leaders paraded the 41 MLAs before mediapersons with their identity cards hanging around their neck. One BJP MLA, Tala Marandi, who was ill was brought in an ambulance.

Earlier, on arrival in Delhi in two batches yesterday and today, they were whisked to Gujarat Bhavan and kept there amidst secrecy.

The MLAs, including 30 of the BJP and six of the Janata Dal (United), were led by Mr Advani, NDA Convener George Fernandes, and Mr Arjun Munda who was earlier elected leader of the NDA legislative party.


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