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Sonia had no option: Naidu

Friday 24 March 2006

Special Correspondent

"Unfortunate that Sonia Gandhi’s compulsion is made out to be a sacrifice"

Election laws have to be uniform for all parties People will see through the game President urged not to approve the ordinance

HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said Sonia Gandhi had no option but to resign as Member of Parliament and it was unfortunate that a compulsion was being portrayed as a sacrifice.

At a press conference, Mr. Naidu said election laws have to be uniform for all parties and individuals sans discrimination. The Congress party realised it late and was now making a virtue of necessity by describing Ms. Gandhi’s action as yet another sacrifice. "People will see through the game as Ms. Gandhi announced that she would contest for the Lok Sabha seat again," he said.

Meanwhile, Jaya Bachchan, whose disqualification as Rajya Sabha MP triggered the controversy, met Mr. Naidu for about ten minutes on Thursday evening. Mr. Naidu said the action against Mrs. Bachchan boomeranged on the Congress.

Claiming that it was the TDP that petitioned the President against Sonia Gandhi, Karan Singh and T. Subbarami Reddy holding offices of profit, he said: "If the Congress did not intend to bring an ordinance to save Ms. Gandhi’s position, it would not have adjourned the Parliament sine die."

He appealed to the President not to approve the ordinance. "If it is approved with retrospective effect, my party will oppose it tooth and nail. If the plan is to make the ordinance applicable with prospective effect, the TDP will consider supporting the move but only after a political consensus is evolved."

He ruled out the chances of mid-term polls, with many MPs running the risk of disqualification. But Mr. Naidu described the case of Mr. Subbarami Reddy as the worst, as he continued to hold the chairmanship of Tirupathi Tirumala Devasthanam Board even after becoming a Union Minister.

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