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Office of profit: J'khand UPA MLAs to meet Kalam

A minor tilt in the number can bring the J'khand Govt to the brink. While NDA has 43 MLAs, UPA has 39.
None | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2006 08:18 PM IST

Several opposition MLAs in Jharkhand arrived in the capital to register their demand with President APJ Abdul Kalam for disqualification of 13 NDA MLAs for holding offices of profit.

They claimed this move could bring the Arjun Munda Government to a brink.

The Opposition MLAs have sought an appointment with the President on Monday and are also likely to meet Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) BB Tandon after he returns from his tour of the northeast.

The plan to meet Kalam and the CEC came after the MLAs had urged Governor Syed Sibte Razi not to approve the controversial bill passed by the Jharkhand Assembly to protect a number of NDA MLAs from possible disqualification.

The UPA has described the Jharkhand Legislator (Removal of Disqualification Bill 2006) as a "black Bill" and demanded it to be immediately withdrawn.

With the office of profit controversy snowballing, the Governor has already written to the CEC seeking to know the status of some NDA MLAs accused of holding offices of profit.

In the 82-member Jharkhand assembly, a minor tilt in the number can bring the government to the brink. While the NDA has 43 MLAs including a nominated one, UPA has 39.

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