Another mega Modi show tomorrow

AHMEDABAD — Close on the heels of his hyped-up three-day fast programme here, Narendra Modi is bent on keeping up the momentum by organising yet another show of strength on Sunday, just a day ahead of the two-day monsoon session of the legislative assembly.

By Mahesh Trivedi

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Published: Sat 24 Sep 2011, 11:38 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:56 AM

The Gujarat Chief Minister will hold a mega rally — his partymen promise it will be “the mother of all rallies”— on Sunday. The slogan of the rally: “Anyaya Hatao, Gujarat Bachao” (Get rid of injustice, save Gujarat). Modi will address a 500,000-strong massive rally of workers of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to demand the recall of the Governor, Dr Kamla, who stirred up a hornet’s nest last month by appointing a Lokayukta (anti-graft ombudsman) for the state without consulting him.

The mammoth meeting, which will be attended by some top-drawer national BJP leaders minus L K Advani, is being held on a sprawling ground on the outskirts of the city on Behgaon Road between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad to mark the culmination of the state party unit’s fortnight-long anti-Governor campaign. A draft resolution to be introduced in the assembly session beginning on Monday for the recall of the Governor and the annulment of the Lokayukta’s appointment says that the Governor has “wrongly appropriated” the function of the duly-elected government and her action amounted to a “major subversion” of the federal structure enshrined in the Constitution of India.

The flurry of activities at the huge rally and in the subsequent assembly session will be followed by the much-awaited September 28 hearing on the Modi government’s petition challenging the appointment of retired justice R A Mehta as the Lokayukta.

On September 7, the Gujarat High Court issued a notice to Mehta, the Registrar-General of Gujarat High Court and K S Prasad, Principal Secretary to the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court asking them to file their replies within two weeks and explain whether the Governor could appoint a Lokayukta and also whether the government’s petition was maintainable in law.

Prasad was also asked to file an affidavit detailing the concerned communication between the Chief Justice, Modi and Governor. —

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