The 55-year-old Constitution Club, the elite hub of MPs and former MPs, is going to polls on Tuesday. It's one election where political labels don't matter and office bearers campaign for mixed panel. The list of new office bearers includes two secretaries, a treasurer and 11 executive members.
But if MPs are involved, can politics be far behind? BJP general secretary Vijay Goel has shot off letters to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, alleging violation of election bylaws. Goel is upset that fellow BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy has already been elected unopposed as secretary (administration), and is backing his rival candidate CPI(M) MP Hannan Mollah for the post of treasurer.
Acting on Goel's complaint, Chatterjee, Club’s custodian, has shifted the venue of voting from Parliament House Annexe to the Club premises, and has allowed another day of polling, February 18, when Parliament is in session.
Goel also has told other MPs that Rudy and other MPs are trying to “perpetuate” their hold of last four years, claiming credit for the Club's new look. Rudy has however defended his stance. “There is no politics here. The MPs are working for those who think they can make the Club a special place for all parliamentarians,” said Rudy. According to Rudy, “Mollah may be a Marxist but he did a great job in the outgoing administration,” said Rudy.
Feeling the heat of the election, industrialist Rahul Bajaj, Mollah's rival contender, could not help contacting fellow MPs now sitting at Davos to support his candidature while Congress MP Rajiv Shukla is working on high-profile members to cast their votes in favour of the Mollah group.