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Unseat Jaya from RS, says EC

The recommendation has been forwarded to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam under provisions of Article 103 of the Constitution, where the president decides -- in consultation with the EC -- whether a sitting member has incurred disqualification.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 12:25 IST

THE ELECTION Commission has recommended the disqualification of Samajwadi Party member Jaya Bachchan from the Rajya Sabha.

The recommendation has been forwarded to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam under provisions of Article 103 of the Constitution, where the president decides -- in consultation with the EC -- whether a sitting member has incurred disqualification.

Last year, Kalam had sought the EC's opinion on a petition filed by one Madan Mohan Shukla, a resident of Kanpur, seeking Bachchan's disqualification from the Rajya Sabha on the grounds that she held an office of profit as chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Board.

The petitioner claimed that as chairperson of the board, Bachchan enjoyed the status of a cabinet minister, including salary and perks.

Following the petition, the EC had in October issued notices to Bachchan and Shukla. Sources said after hearing both Shukla and Jaya, the EC recommended Bachchan's disqualification to the president last week.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 12:25 IST