Sonia turns tables on detractors
ONE SUBTLE move and Sonia Gandhi, according to political pundits, seems to have turned the tables on her detractors, especially Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and its general secretary Amar Singh.
It all started with Jaya Bachchan’s disqualification from the Rajya Sabha. Yadav and Singh (who faces a similar fate for being the chairman of UP Development Council) were quick enough to train the guns at the Congress president, demanding her disqualification from Lok Sabha on similar grounds. Now that she has resigned, will Amar Singh? No, says the party, which had only recently got the Uttar Pradesh Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Act-2006 passed to pre-empt any move to disqualify scores of its ministers and legislators for holding office of profit.
The amended act has brought 79 offices out of the purview of disqualification. Besides Minister for Urban Development Mohammad Azam Khan (against whom a petition seeking his disqualification is pending), nearly 40 to 50 ministers and legislators have been benefited from the amendment in the Act. Now the question is, will the party supremo take the high moral ground route and ask them to tender their resignations. The MLAs obviously don’t want it, especially because they may not enjoy similar backing of their respective constituents as Sonia Gandhi does in her Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency.
Already, there are favourable feelers from Congressmen and people of Rae Bareli.
“We stand behind her. We are happy because she has shown high morals and reposed confidence in the people of her constituency. It’s pay back time,” said Sunil Srivastava, a Congressmen of Rae Bareli. “Others should follow in her footsteps,” said Sunil adding people of the constituency were with Sonia Gandhi and her decision on the issue. “People have been making a beeline to know about the latest developments ever since the news of Sonia Gandhi’s resignation has reached here,” said Nirmal.
Besides Rae Bareli, there is a growing feeling among the people even at other places that the Opposition tried to make mountain of a mole hill over the office of profit issue. How could dual standards be adopted on the same issue, asked people while referring to Sonia Gandhi’s resignation and the amendments brought in the Act dealing with office of profit issue in UP.