Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today asked the UPA government to apologize to former President A P J Abdul Kalam for pressurizing the latter to sign a notification for dissolution of Bihar assembly in 2005 in the wake of claims made by Kalam in his memoirs.
“The UPA government must apologize to Kalam for pressurizing the latter to sign a notification for dissolution of the Bihar state assembly in 2005 as claimed by the former President in his memoirs,” he told reporters.
Kalam was woken up from sleep at midnight during his tour to Moscow in 2005 and asked to sign an order for dissolution of the Bihar state assembly in 2005,Kumar said.
It reflects the “tearing hurry” of the UPA to scuttle formation of the government by opposition parties after the electorate had thrown a hung assembly in February 2005
Kalam also narrated in the memoirs titled ‘Turning Point’ that he had made up his mind to resign from the post in the wake of damning observations of the Supreme Court for setting aside the dissolution of the Bihar assembly as an unconstitutional act,the Chief Minister said.
So the UPA must apologize to Kalam now “for coercing him to sign an unconstitutional order and for causing considerable anguish to him in the wake of the apex court remarks,” Kumar said.
“The former President’s description of the turn of events with regard to the dissolution of the Bihar legislative assembly proves that the UPA government works under pressure apparently from allies and takes wrong decisions,” he said.