A delegation of Congress MLAs from Gujarat will call on President Pratibha Patil on Monday afternoon in New Delhi to seek her intervention to have Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare and Higher Education Maya Kodnani dropped from the Modi government.
They have alleged that the state government is shielding her despite the SIT having declared her as an offender in an affidavit submitted to the Gujarat High Court.
The MLAs,led by Congress Legislative Party leader Shaktisinh Gohil,in a memorandum to be submitted to the President,have pointed out that according to the affidavit,the controversial minister had used a pistol during the 2002 riots.
They are now seeking her removal from the Cabinet on the apprehension that she could misuse her ministerial powers to tamper with evidences in the case.
Gohil said that even days after the affidavit mentioned that Kodnani had led a mob during the infamous riots of 2002 at one particular area in Naroda,Ahmedabad,where over 95 people were killed the Modi government has not dropped her from the council of ministers.
If Mr Modi does not want to drop Maya Kodnani from the Cabinet,he should face dismissal as the chief minister, he said.
He added that it is unacceptable that Modi continues to have her as a minister even after it has been admitted that Kodnani is a mass -murderer and had played an active role in the Naroda riots. He said Modi was showing contempt for his statutory duty as the chief minister.
Quoting extensively from the affidavit,Gohil urged President Patil to intervene and restore democratic values in Gujarat.
He added: We want the President to ask Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to take action against Maya Kodnani. If the chief minister fails to discharge his constitutional obligation and retains an accused as his minister,then under the circumstances,we will demand an appropriate action against the state government.