Debating India

SAMAJWADI PARTY

Amar Singh makes a point

Sunday 2 April 2006

NEW DELHI: Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh has denied the insinuation that the Uttar Pradesh Development Council (UPDC) he chairs is an office of profit, claiming UPDC was registered under Societies Registration Act and thus did not fall under government. He has also charged the Election Commission with not following the law in recommending the disqualification of party colleague Jaya Bachchan.

Replying to an EC notice on a petition seeking his disqualification as MP for holding an office of profit, Singh has, however, contended that it is for the Parliament or its joint committee on office of profit to decide on the question of disqualification of an MP.

"Any departure from this would result in subversion of constitutional norms," he said.

Singh’s interim reply was filed by advocate Pradeep Kumar owing to his preoccupation with elections. He has questioned the mechanical manner in which the petition, seeking his disqualification, had been referred by the President to the EC. He said the letter is signed by secretary to the President, and not the President himself.

See online : The Times of India

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