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'Keep public opinion in mind on OoP Bill'

His comments came in the wake of Law Minister HR Bhardwaj maintaining there was no "deficiency" in the office-of-profit legislation.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 05:11 IST

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha LK Advani on Thursday asked the government to keep in mind the "public perception" on the Office-of-Profit Bill before it decides on what to do with the President's observations on the legislation.

"The government can return the Bill to the President with or without any changes and in that case the President will have no option but to give his assent. But I request the government to keep in mind the common man's perception before it takes any decision on the legislation," Advani told reporters.

His comments came in the wake of Law Minister HR Bhardwaj maintaining there was no "deficiency" in the office-of-profit legislation which the President had refused his assent to.

Advani, who on Wednesday led an NDA delegation to the Election Commission with a plea to take up all pending complaints against lawmakers accused of holding offices of profit, indicated that judicial intervention could also be sought to block the Bill's passage.

"The issue can also go to court, which can declare it ultra vires," he said.