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UPA legislators to meet Prez, CEC on Sunday

They would seek disqualification of 13 legislators of the BJP-led Arjun Munda government for holding offices of profit.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 18:48 IST

The opposition UPA MLAs in Jharkhand would leave for Delhi on Sunday to meet the President and the Chief Election Commissioner.

They would seek disqualification of 13 legislators of the BJP-led Arjun Munda government for holding offices of profit.

UPA convenor Stephen Marandi said on Saturday that the MLAs would leave for the Capital on Sunday to meet President APJ Abdul Kalam and Chief Election Commissioner BB Tandon to press for its demand.

He, however, could not give the exact number of MLAs who would go to Delhi.

Meanwhile, a day after passage of a controversial bill in the Jharkhand Assembly to protect a number of NDA MLAs from possible disqualification, Marandi said that the UPA had urged Governor Syed Sibte Razi not to approve it to 'protect, the BJP-led government.

"We have urged the governor not to give his approval and sought withdrawal of the black bill," Marandi told reporters.

He demanded immediate withdrawal of the Jharkhand Legislator (Removal of Disqualification) Bill, 2006 passed on Friday amid chaotic scenes in the assembly.

The governor on Friday wrote to Chief Election Commissioner BB Tandon seeking to know the status of four NDA MLAs accused of holding offices of profit.

The UPA later added further nine names of NDA legislators, who it claimed, were also holding offices of profit.

First Published: Mar 25, 2006 18:48 IST