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Remove Gujarat Guv, BJP tells President

BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday led a delegation to President Pratibha Patil demanding the removal of Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal, charging her with involvement in a land grabbing case in Rajasthan worth Rs 1,000 crore.

Only recently, desperate to ensure Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s presence at the BJP national executive, Gadkari had agreed to his demand that his bete noire Sanjay Joshi be dropped from the national executive. The delegation to Rashtrapati Bhawan, interestingly, did not include senior leaders L K Advani, Arun Jaitley or Sushma Swaraj — all of whom who are perceived to be wary of Modi’s growing popularity within the party.

Those who accompanied Gadkari included party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, MPs Balbir Punj, Bhupendra Yadav and Arjun Meghwal, and party secretary Kirit Somaiya. The group submitted documents to Patil and drew her attention to an order issued by the Office of Cooperative Registrar, Jaipur, on May 2.

“The Cooperative Registrar, who also has quasi-judicial powers, has said political influence was used to grab the Rajasthan government land worth Rs 1,000 crore. The Gujarat Governor has occupied part of this land illegally and it should be taken back,” Gadkari told reporters later.

The land in question is located on the outskirts of Jaipur.

Seeking the President’s intervention in the matter, a memorandum said the Governor should immediately relinquish her post. “A criminal case cannot be registered against Beniwal by the Rajasthan government as long as she is a Governor. The BJP has appealed to the President to direct Kamla Beniwal to step down as Gujarat Governor pending thorough investigations into the entire land grab scandal,” Gadkari said.

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