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‘We will not press for Jaswant’s resignation’

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 22, 2009

SILIGURI, 21 AUG(The Statesman): The Bharatiya Janata Party national executive member in charge of West Bengal, Mr SS Ahluwalia today said that his party would not press for Mr Jaswant Singh’s resignation from Parliament.
Mr Ahluwalia is now in Shimla, attending the three-day brainstorming session of the party. “Mr Singh has made it clear that he would continue working for the cause of Gorkhaland as the member of Parliament from the Darjeeling constituency and my party has accepted his position on the matter. There is no compulsion on him to resign from Parliament in the wake of his expulsion from the party,” he said.
Reaffirming the BJP’s commitment to the statehood cause, Mr Ahluwalia said that his party would collectively work for the cause of the Indian Gorkhas. “And if Mr Singh longs to advance the same cause in his independent capacity as the local MP my party would not object,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state urban development minister and a senior CPI-M leader, Mr Asok Bhattacharya today said that Mr Singh should vacate the Darjeeling seat following his expulsion from the party on whose symbol he was elected. “It is not a question of constitutional compulsion. It is a matter of moral obligation. My party would not press for his resignation though,” Mr Bhattacharya added.
Concurring to this view, the ex-MP from Darjeeling and a veteran Congress leader, Mr Dawa Narbula said that the democratic and moral convention warranted that Mr Singh should resign from Parliament. “The Congress adheres to the conventions more than the constitutional nitty gritty. He should step down in deference to the ethical canons prevailing in the Parliamentary democracy,” he said.
Commenting on the developing situation in the aftermath of Mr Singh’s expulsion, the GJMM media secretary Mr Harka Bahadur Chettri today said that his party would welcome Mr Singh to work for their supreme cause as an unattached MP.
“Unshackled from the party’s politico-ideological claptrap, he would perhaps work better for the cause we have been striving for. However, our alliance with the BJP would continue,” Mr Chettri added.


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