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BJP supports JPC on OoP

BJP has supported the idea of setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to define an Office of Profit.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2006 17:24 IST

The main Opposition BJP on Thursday supported the idea of setting up a joint parliamentary committee to define what constitutes an office-of-profit, but suggested MPs holding other posts should quit them until the panel gives its report.

BJP Parliamentary Party spokesman Vijay Kumar Malhotra insisted a JPC in this regard vindicated his party's stand that there has to be a clear definition of what qualifies to be an office-of-profit.

"The parliamentary panel should aim to address concerns raised by the President (while he declined his assent in May to the office-of-profit legislation) and set out uniform standards and defintion for what consitutes and office-of-profit across the country," he told reporters in New Delhi.

The BJP leader maintained that his party favoured granting what he called one-time amnesty to lawmakers whose legislative positions have been challenged because they hold other posts with benefits.

Malhotra, whose party and its NDA allies had suggested President APJ Abdul Kalam seek legal advice over having opinion of the Supreme Court on the office-of-profit bill passed in its original form again, said MPs holding additional posts should quit them for now.

"Let them (lawmakers) quit the additional posts they are holding. And if the JPC concludes that the posts they had been holding do not qualify as offices-of-profit, they can have them back," he remarked.

In separate comments, Malhotra attacked the Left over West Bengal's 'clean chit' to Coca Cola and Pepsi in the state. "This shows contradictions within the communists who have banned the soft drinks in Kerala, but have found them safe for people of West Bengal," he said.

First Published: Aug 17, 2006 19:30 IST