BJP creates ruckus over governor issue
New Delhi: Both houses of parliament were adjourned for the day Tuesday following the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) vociferous demand for the recall of Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal for appointing the Lokayukta without consulting the state government.
The two houses saw repeated adjournments on the issue with the BJP members in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) raising the issue soon after the house met in the morning and in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) after the question hour.
The Lok Sabha saw two adjournments before being adjourned for the day following persistent protest by BJP members. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned three times before its adjournment for the day.
The demand for Beniwal's recall was made by senior BJP leader L.K. Advani in the Lok Sabha and Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley in the Rajya Sabha. Advani alleged "violation of federal structure" in the appointment of Justice (retd) R.A. Mehta as the state Lokayukta by the governor.
"We will go to President Pratibha Patil to demand the recall of Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal," said Advani, adding that the appointment of the Lokayukta was done without consulting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
He said the governor should be impartial and should appoint the Lokayukta on the advice of the chief minister and the council of ministers.
The party had given notice to suspend question hour to raise the issue. The house was first adjourned till 12 noon after BJP members rushed towards the speaker's podium. The unrest continued after the house met following the adjournment.
The house was later adjourned for the day.