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Debate on Bihar infructuous : PM

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New Delhi, Feb 23 (UNI) Rejecting the Opposition demand for his resignation on the Bihar Assembly dissolution issue, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the conduct of the Governor and the Union Cabinet in this matter should be viewed against the fact that the Supreme court did not arrive at a unanimous verdict.

Wrapping up a three-day long debate on the motion of thanks on the President's address, amid din created by Opposition slogan shouting, Dr Singh told the Lok Sabha that the subsequent elections to the Bihar Assembly and the formation of a stable government had made the debate infructuous.

He said Bihar Governor Buta Singh had resigned out of his own volition.

On the issue of unconstitutionality of the dissolution, he said the division bench of the Supreme Court did not arrive at a unanimous verdict.

While three judges were of the view that the proclamation dissolving the legislature was unconstitutional, two judges held a different view.

"Therefore, it is obvious that in this complicated case, there could be an honest difference of opinion.

"This has to be kept in view in arriving at a conclusion about the conduct of the Governor or the Union Cabinet," he said.

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