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24 March, 2006

BJP Seeks Sonia's disqualification; petitions President

Outlook India
NEW DELHI, MARCH 23: Stepping up its offensive, BJP today petitioned President A P J Abdul Kalam seeking disqualification of Congress President Sonia Gandhi on grounds of holding an office of profit as Chairperson of National Advisory Council.
A four-member party delegation submitted the petition to the President's office seeking its early forwarding to the Election Commission and hoped an "impartial decision" would be taken....
... The BJP leader was accompanied by party spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad and its legal cell convenor Satpal Jain. ...
... The BJP cited three of the Supreme Court judgements and the Shibu Soren case in its petition to the presidential secretariat, Jain said.
"It is not mentioned anywhere that the National Advisory Council (on the UPA's common minimum programme) is not an office of profit. In this case, a government notification clearly says that a chairperson of the National Advisory Council will be entitled to all facilities given to a (Cabinet Minister," he added.
The BJP, however, made no complaint against any others except Gandhi.
"This petition seeks disqualification of Sonia Gandhi only," Jain said.
He claimed Gandhi would face disqualification even if an Ordinance was passed with retrospective effect. ...