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Mulayam’s UP gift costs Jaya her Rajya Sabha seat

Friday 17 March 2006

New Delhi, March 17 : Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan was today disqualified as a member of the Rajya Sabha on the ground that she held an “office of profit” as chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council. The disqualification by President A P J Abdul Kalam last evening came after a recommendation of the Election Commission and takes retrospective effect from July 14, 2004 when she was appointed to the council post. She was elected to the Rajya Sabha a month earlier.

Having carefully considered the facts on record as contained in the opinion of the Election Commission and being fully satisfied therewith, the President has disqualified Smt Jaya Bachchan from her Rajya Sabha membership,” an official release said giving the President’s decision on a petition for disqualification filed by Congress leader Madan Mohan Shukla.

The Commission had said that Bachchan was disqualified under Sub-clause (a) of Clause 1 of Article 102 of the Constitution from July 14, 2004 following her appointment to the council. After the President’s decision, the Commission will have to hold a by-election to the vacancy. Bachchan can quit her job and re-apply., say experts

Meanwhile, several petitions are waiting in line. While one petition has been filed against Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh-who demanded “non-partisan” action from the President on 44 similar complaints-the TDP has petitioned the President against Congress president Sonia Gandhi saying she holds offices of profit by virtue of being chairperson of the National Advisory Council, Rajiv Gandhi foundation aided by government, Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru memorial trusts.

The TDP has also sought disqualification of Union minister T Subarami Reddy, who is chairperson of Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam and Karan Singh, who heads the ICCR.

See online : The Indian Express

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