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I will not resign: Buta Singh

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October 13, 2005 17:38 IST

Buta Singh, governor of Bihar, Thursday laid to rest speculations about his impending resignation from office following the Supreme Court order, which held that the imposition of the President's rule in the state in May 2005 was unconstitutional.

Addressing a brief press conference at his residence in Lodhi Estate in New Delhi, Singh said that he was going back to Patna to look after the administration.

"I have had good relations with the media during my four-and-a-half decade-long career in politics and I felt sad when I saw you people chasing me all over Delhi to get my responses on certain issues. I am going back to Patna today and will return to Delhi couple of days later. I have a constitutional obligation of holding elections in Bihar, which is one of the largest states of the Indian Union. The elections are in full swing and you would know that even one wrong message would do enormous damage to the electoral process. I am here to attend to my ailing two relatives who have been hospitalised," Singh said.

His elder son Lovely is suffering from dengue fever and is admitted in the Max hospital while his brother-in-law is on life support system in Ganga Ram hospital.

On asked whether he had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the governor replied in the negative.

He refused to answer all questions regarding his resignation and the Supreme Court judgement. He even refused to answer a question on whether the Supreme Court judgement had affected his personal image. "Do you think that you can get something out of me by asking an indirect question?" he asked the newsman concerned.

Singh will leave for Patna on Thursday evening.

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi