After Mehta's letter withdrawing his consent for appointment as Lokayukta became public, state Congress said in a statement that Modi government was "suffocating" Constitutional institutions and "murdering" the democratic traditions.

"This government is determined to prevent neutral people from working, and brands them as anti-government. Chief Minister Narendra Modi should apologize to the Governor and should invite Justice Mehta to assume the Lokayukta office," Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia said.

Terming Justice Mehta's letter as "a slap" for Modi government, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly and senior Congressman Shankarsinh Vaghela said, "To save itself from large-scale corruption scandals, BJP government has adopted all kinds of tactics and created such a situation in which Constitutional institution would suffocate and stop functioning.”

While former Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil said, "It is very difficult to expect morality from the government which had spent more than Rs 45 crore to prevent Lokayukta from assuming office."

(Agencies)

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