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Sonia next on disqualification list?

BJP is seeking experts? opinion on whether she can lose her LS seat for heading the national advisory panel.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 16:31 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

First it was Jaya Bachchan and then Amar Singh. Now it is Congress president Sonia Gandhi's turn.

Leader of Opposition LK Advani has asked legal experts in the BJP to study all aspects to find whether Sonia can be disqualified from the Lok Sabha for being Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

This was informed by the party spokesman Vijay Kumar Malhotra after a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party.

Advani was responding to suggestions raised in this regard by party MPs, including former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Najma Heptulla, during the hour-long meeting.

"After studying all the legal aspects, BJP will take the next course", Malhotra said when asked whether the party would move the Election Commission in this regard.

The move comes a day after the poll panel recommended disqualification of Samajwadi Party MP and actress Jaya Bachchan on the ground that she was holding an office of profit as the Chairperson of UP Film Development Board.

A similar petition seeking action against Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh has also been filed before the Election Commission.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 11:18 IST