BJP seeks CM's resignation over his remarks on EC

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Shimla, Nov 12 (UNI) The BJP today sought Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh's resignation over his remarks on the Election Commission (EC) and said that he had no moral right to continue in office after insulting the constitutional body.

''Mr Singh's statement that HP assembly elections were announced at the behest of former home minister and senior BJP leader L K Advani were unbecoming of the state's CM,'' party incharge Satpal Jain said at a press conference here.

He said the Chief Minister had no moral right to continue in office after making such a statement against the constitutional body, which had adequate authority to order elections.

Mr Singh by questioning the EC's role was not only insulting the constitutional body but also the people who were always supreme in a democratic set up, he said.

Mr Jain said the BJP, on the other hand, had never questioned the EC's authority over its functioning despite its several rulings against the party here and in Gujarat where it had ordered the transfer of several officials during the run up to the assembly polls.

From day one, the Chief Minister has been using derogatory language against the EC and this was against the democratic norms, he said.

The BJP leader sough AICC president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Law Minister H R Bhardwaj's views on the Chief Minister's statement.

''They should clarify whether they agree with Mr Singh's statement,'' he added.

Mr Jain also took exception to reports that the Congress was threatening officers, carrying out their duties in a non-partisan manner, with strict action.

''First the government pressurised the officials to tell the EC that assembly elections were not possible in November and December and are now threatening several officials.'' He also assured them that they had nothing to worry since the Congress was on its way out and was not likely to return to power after the next elections.


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