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UP govt to seek legal view on Jaya issue; Cong welcomes decision

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, Mar 6 (UNI) While the Uttar Pradesh government today said it will seek legal opinion on the Election Commission's decision for Presidential reference on disqualification of Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan, the Congress termed the EC's step a victory of ''law over lawlessness''.

''I have come to know about it and the government may seek legal opinion on the issue,'' Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters here.

The EC in New Delhi had sent for Presidential reference, the issue of Ms Bachchan's disqualification as a RS member from Uttar Pradesh stating she was also holding the post of UP Film Development Council chairperson.

Reacting to the EC move, UP Congress president Salman Khurshid told reporters the decision proved ultimately law has an upper hand on such arbitrary decisions. ''No matter who you are, the law finally gets to you,'' he added.

Mr Khurshid alleged that several UP legislature members were holding twin posts of profit. ''The EC judgement is an indicator that their days on such posts are numbered,'' he added.

The issue of Ms Bachachan had been raised in June, 2004 when she was contesting the Rajya Sabha poll and had tendered her resignation from UP Film Development Council. But, after she was elected as a member to the Upper House, she was given the same post again.


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