Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday 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 assembly polls.

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.

The Chief Minister said that he too has been Reopen CAL 15 vindicated in alleging that the Centre took the decision to dissolve the Bihar legislative assembly in 2005 under pressure from allies and deny opportunities to the rival political parties to make an attempt at government formation.

Without taking the name of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan, he asked "those people who mounted pressure on the UPA government to dissolve the state legislative assembly in 2005."

Kumar, however, refused to comment on the issue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee feeling uneasy with Kalam visiting Gujarat in 2002 soon after communal riots broke out in the state. It was not proper for him to say anything on what transpired between the two esteemed leaders, Kumar said.

(Agencies)

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