Sonia's action victory of democracy: TDP
Telugu Desam Party on Thursday said Congress President Sonia Gandhi's decision to resign from her Lok Sabha seat "amounted to admission she is holding office of profit."
"She might have felt compelled under the circumstances after our complaints to the President. Instead of waiting for Election Commission's decision, she might have felt that it is better to step down. Since she has respected rule of law, we welcome it," TDP Parliamentary leader K Yerran Naidu told reporters.
Describing Gandhi's decision as a "victory of democracy," he said it would have been more "graceful" had she resigned earlier before the "unethical decision" to adjourn the Parliament sine die.
"Why was the House adjourned sine die yesterday? What was the motive? It was an insult to democracy as they took the decision without consulting any political party", Naidu said.
Sonia's decision, in fact, "amounted to admission that she is holding an office of profit, he said. "This has proved that all are equal before law."
Asked if TDP would demand the resignation of other MPs holding offices of profit, Naidu said it is left to their decision.
"If they resign voluntarily, we welcome it."
TDP had petitioned President APJ Abdul Kalam on March 14 seeking disqualification of Gandhi, Union Minister T Subbirami Reddy, MPs Karan Singh and Kapila Vatsayan.