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14 June, 2006

BJP's office-of-profit stir gets legal

The Statesman
GANGTOK, JUNE 13: The BJP's consistent protest against the controversial office-of-profit Bills at the Centre and in Sikkim was outlined here today, with the BJP threatening to knock the doors of the court against the Bills.
Addressing a Press conference here today, Mr Satyapal Jain, convenor, BJP's legal and legislative business cell, said: "The BJP will oppose the office-of-profit Bill in the next Parliament session. MPs and MLAs throughout the country should not be allowed to hold offices of profit, except those offices concerned with parliamentary affairs as per the Constitution."
Mr Jain, who is also a senior advocate, said he had come to Gangtok to fight a case filed in Sikkim High Court by the state BJP unit last year, against certain offices of profit granted to some MLAs and supporters of the ruling SDF government. ...
... The state BJP unit will submit a memorandum to the Governor soon. Even if the Governor gives his nod, Mr Jain said the BJP will move the High Court.
Recently, the UPA government had passed a Bill, exempting 46 posts as offices of profit, which was later returned by the President for reconsideration.
Mr Jain welcomed the President's action and said it was a slap on the face of the Congress-led UPA government. ...