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OoP Bill: PM apprises Kalam on Govt decision

During the 25-minute meeting, the two leaders discussed important matters of national interest.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2006 18:04 IST

Shortly after the Union Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apprised President APJ Abdul Kalam on government's decision to bring the controversial Office of Profit Bill in Parliament without changes next week.

During the 25-minute meeting, the two leaders discussed important matters of national interest, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesman SM Khan said.

"The Prime Minister also apprised the President about the Union Cabinet's decision on the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Bill, 2006," he said.

While returning the bill on May 30, the President had wanted that the criteria of exemption of posts should be "fair and reasonable" and applicable in a "clear and transparent" manner across the states and Union Territories.

Another important point the President had raised was in relation to the posts sought to be exempted by the new law.

The implication was that the names of offices, for which petitions were already pending under process by the competent authority, should be addressed by Parliament while reconsidering the bill.

Immediately after the Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister went into confabulations with Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Shivraj Patil.