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JD(U) welcomes Sonia’s resignation

Friday 24 March 2006

Special Correspondent

Wants other Congress MPs, Somnath to emulate her example

Sonia should seek CBI probe into Volcker issue Independent Commission of Inquiry sought into Scorpent deal

NEW DELHI: The Janata Dal (United) on Thursday "welcomed" Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s decision to quit her Lok Sabha seat and her post of Chairperson of the National Advisory Council. The party urged all Congress MPs to emulate the example set by their leader.

"We welcome Ms. Gandhi’s resignation. Now others should follow suit. Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh should give up the post of Chairman of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Even Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee should quit his Parliament seat," JD(U) general secretary Shambhu Srivastava said here.

"Seek re-election"

If the Congress MPs wanted to prove that they were ardent followers of Ms. Gandhi, they should resign and seek re-election to the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha, he said.

Ms. Gandhi’s "high moral ground" should not be limited to the issue of "office of profit" alone. On the Volcker Report issue, the buck should not stop with Natwar Singh’s resignation. Since the Congress had been named a non-contractual beneficiary, Ms. Gandhi should seek a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe, and All-India Congress Committee treasurer Motilal Vora should be questioned.

"Arrest middleman"

Seeking an independent Commission of Inquiry into the Scorpene submarine deal, he said the alleged middleman, Abhishek Verma, should be arrested, and his role and links be investigated by the CBI.

Mr. Srivastava said Ms. Gandhi’s "high morality" should extend to using her good offices to get Italian businessman Ottavio Quatrocchi extradited to India for his alleged role in the Bofors gun deal. Union Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj, who was allegedly involved in getting Mr. Quatrocchi’s London accounts unfrozen should also quit.

See online : The Hindu

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