Even a defeated PM can advise Lok Sabha dissolution: Jethmalani

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New Delhi, Jul 21 (UNI) Believing that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will secure the confidence vote in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha member and legal luminary Ram Jethmalani today said even if he failed he still has the prerogative to advise the President to dissolve the House and the President is bound to act on his advice.

''Even a defeated Prime Minister has this prerogative. This is the settled constitutional practice in England which applies to India as well,'' he said in a letter to the President, copy of which was released to the media.

Mr Jethmalani, who was a minister in the Vajpayee government, expressed the hope that the Prime Minister, instead of resigning (in the event of failing to secure trust vote in Lok Sabha) will carry the fight in the court of people who will decide this grave matter (Indo-US nuclear agreement) affecting their destiny.

Stating that the nuclear deal is necessary for the whole planet's environment purity, India's economic prosperity and security, he said, ''Opposition to the deal is prompted by wholly unworth motives''.

Mr Jethmalani drew the attention of the President to ''the revolting manner'' in which this vital issue is being dealt with by major political actors. ''Such people do not deserve to remain members of Parliament and they deserve to be sent back to the people to seek fresh mandate''.

Pointing out that MPs had been disqualified for accepting a few rupees as price for asking questions in Parliament, he said, ''What is happening (now) is a thousand times more dirty''.

He demanded that ''Parliament has got to be dissolved and fresh elections ordered''.


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