The Election Commission has slapped notices on nine Madhya Pradesh ministers and three MLAs asking them to reply before June 28 to the Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi's petition seeking their disqualification on charges of holding offices of profit.
The Ministers are Himmat Kothari, Babulal Gaur, Gopal Bhargav, Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Jagdish Deora, Ramakant Tiwari, Rustom Singh, Chaudhary Chandrabhan Singh, Vjay Shah and Tukoji Rao Panwar. The three MLAs are Lakhman Singh Gour, Lal Singh Arya and Shivraj Shah.
At a press conference in New Delhi, Devi released copies of the EC notice asking them to reply in writing on or before June 28 to the allegations contained in the petition filed by her before the Commission.
The notice said that if no reply was received from them before the stipulated date, "it will be presumed that you have nothing to say in the matter".
The Congress leader said that she had filed her plea in the wake of office of profit controversy and the Governor forwarded it to the President who sent it to the EC.
EC Secretary KF Wilfred served the notices on June seven under Section 146 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
She also said she had petitioned President APJ Abdul Kalam on March 25 that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan be disqualified because when he was an MP he occupied the post of ex-officio chairman of Madhyam, a body registered under the Firms and Societies Act.