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EC rejects Sangma camp's plea against Pranab's candidature

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 10, 2012
First Published: 20:02 IST(10/7/2012) | Last Updated: 21:32 IST(10/7/2012)

The Election Commission on Tuesday rejected the petition of PA Sangma, the opposition backed Presidential candidate, against UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee saying it was not “maintainable” before it.
The Sangma camp had petitioned the EC against the decision of the Presidential poll Returning Officer for accepting the nomination papers of UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee, despite their objections to the same on the ground that he allegedly occupied office of profit, a charge denied by Mukherjee camp.

Responding to the complaint, the EC said all doubts and disputes with regard to the Presidential election will be decided by the Supreme Court.

“...As per the above-mentioned Constitutional and legal provisions, your petition dated 9th July, 2012, is not maintainable before the Election Commission," an EC order said.

Reacting to the EC order in response to their complaint, BJP’s Satya Pal Jain said a decision on further course of action will be taken soon. “The EC has not rejected our petition on merits. It has decided on the basis of jurisdiction. The legal team of PA Sangma will be meeting tomorrow at his residence and the campaign committee of Sangma will be meeting a day after and then, we will take a final decision on further course of action," Jain said.

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