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EC receives 100 petitions on offices of profit issue

Of the 100 petitions received by EC, 25 relates to MPs while the rest from the states with BJP-ruled Jharkhand.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 22:41 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The office of profit has opened a Pandora's box as 100 petitions concerning MPs and MLAshave been received by the Election Commission.

Of the 100 petitions, 25 relates to Members of Parliament while the rest from the states with BJP-ruled Jharkhand accounting for the largest such complaints -- 19 followed by 14 in Uttaranchal having a Congress government.

While 13 complaints have come from BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh, 12 are from Himachal Pradesh having a Congress government and 11 from Tripura. Three complaints have come from Rajasthan, two from Nagaland and one from Uttar Pradesh.

Of the 25 petitions regarding MPs, 18 belonged to Lok Sabha and seven Rajya Sabha.

Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee has petitioned the President against ten CPI(M) MPs including Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.

While Bachchan has been disqualified, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has resigned from her Lok Sabha seat in the wake of the opposition campaign that the government and Parliament were being used to "save" her from certain disqualification.

Observing that these petitions have been referred by President A P J Abdul Kalam and the Governors of respective states, EC sources said the petitions were "at various stages of consideration".

The plethora of complaints have come at a time when the government has decided to bring forward a comprehensive legislation on the issue in the reconvened session of Parliament beginning May 10 after holding consultations with various political parties.

First Published: Apr 01, 2006 15:54 IST