Fernandes seeks Sonia's intervention in OoP Bill
Gandhi has been urged to ask the Cabinet to take back decision on returning OoP Bill in the present form.india Updated: Jul 23, 2006 16:41 IST
Janata Dal (United) leader George Fernandes on Sunday sought Congress president Sonia Gandhi's intervention in asking the Union Cabinet to take back its decision on returning the Office of Profit Bill to the President in the present form.
"The decision taken by the Cabinet on Saturday night to return the reference made by the President and return the Bill to him in the present form is rooted in the greed and self-aggrandisement of those who support it," Fernandes said in a letter to Gandhi.
The decision "not only blatantly insults our patriotic President" but also set a dangerous precedent for the law-makers of the future that "the Constitution could be shamed and sullied as per their whims and pleasure", the former Defence Minister wrote in the letter.
"When the President returned the Bill that was calculated to defeat the sacrosanct intention of the framers of the Constitution and violate its basic structure, he was fulfilling his paramount duty towards the country and acting as per the oath of his office," Fernandes pointed out.
"My sincere appeal to you is that you prevent such a development," he said and argued that if she did not do so then people could think that her earlier resignation during the controversy on Office of Profit was meant only "to hoodwink the people".
Alleging that the said Bill was passed in an undemocratic manner, Fernandes said it smacked of opportunism and rationalising of something that is patently wrong and unconstitutional.
"By advising the cabinet to take back this shameless decision, you have an opportunity to stand along the luminiaries who framed our Constitution...", he said.