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Kalam accepts EC's recommendation to disqualify Jaya

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 17: President A P J Abdul Kalam today accepted the Election Commission's recommendation to disqualify Samajwadi Party'sJaya Bachchan from the Rajya Sabha on the ground that she was holding an office of profit, official sources said.

The EC had recently forwarded its recommendation to the President on the Rajya Sabha membership of Ms Bachchan, who is Chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council.

Ms Bachchan was elected to the Rajya Sabha on an SP ticket in January 2004.

The EC had received a complaint from Congress worker Madan Mohan Shukla who had contended that Ms Bachchan should be disqualified as a member of the Upper House since she was holding an office of profit in her capacity as Chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council.

The Commission had conducted many hearings in which Ms Bachchan was represented by her lawyer.

She had also made a representation to the President to review the EC's recommendation.

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly recently passed a Bill that seeks to remove certain positions, including the one held by Ms Bachchan from the category of offices of profit.

However, state Governor T V Rajeswar has so far not given his assent to the Bill adding to the woes of Ms Bachchan as well the SP.

SP leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has blamed the Congress party, particularly its chief Sonia Gandhi, for being behind the petition against Ms Bachchan.


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