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Pranab asks parties to be clear

Pranab Mukherjee asked whether political parties wanted Constitution to be amended.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 12:59 IST

With the controversy over 'office of profit' back on the centre-stage ahead of the resumption of Parliament session, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday asked political parties to say clearly whether they wanted Constitution to be amended or merely changes be brought to the existing law on the issue.

"Do you want amendment for definition of the office of profit or changes to be brought to the existing act"; he said adding he had asked the political parties.

"Though the existing law passed in 1959 gives exemption to some offices, the office of profit had so far not been defined and I have reflected this in my dialogue with the political parties", the minister told reporters in Jammu.

"Some political parties want an amendment to be carried out in the existing law to add some more offices under exemption category" Mukherjee said.

A final decision on whether or not to bring the legislation in the upcoming session would be decided by the Cabinet.

He said while some parties were for changes in the act, other had conveyed that they would give their views on the subject, when it comes up for discussion in Parliament.

Mukherjee, who is also the Leader of Lok Sabha, told reporters that he had written to leaders of political parties asking them to indicate their observations on the matter.