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Govt out to promulate ordinance on office of Profit: Left

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 22: The Left parties today ( Mar 22, 2006) took strong exception to the UPA government's ''unprecedented'' decision to abruptly adjourn the Budget Session sine die, and said it seemed that the Centre wanted to promulgate an ordinance to save UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and others from disqualification as members of Parliament for holding office of profit.

While the CPI(M) leadership sought time to analyse and formulate a considered viewpoint,the top leaders of the CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc pleaded that the government should have instead asked the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Office of profit and the Election Commission to formulate the guidelines on the crucial issue.

" We are holding the meeting, we will give the reaction, whenever it is ready," CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and Rajya Sabha MP Brinda Karat told UNI.

CPI top leaders, A B Bardhan and Shamim Faizi, said by adjourning the Houses of Parliament sine die, "the government is out to bring an ordinance on Office of Profit. Obviously it is a consequence of a formal complaint lodged on behalf of the TDP members against Ms Sonia Gandhi and Dr Karan Singh." The ordinance had to be in line with the bill passed by the UP Legislature that the Congress had earlier protested against and later asked the governor to give his assent.

" The government should have instead asked the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Office of Profit and the EC to formulate the guidelines on such a significant issue," the CPI leaders said.

They said this was "a bad omen for our Parliamentary democracy" and other democratic institutions.

CPI Parliamentary Group Leader in the Lok Sabha Gurudas Dasgupta observed that "this had been done by the government one after another. If the trend continues, Parliament will become irrevelant." Mr Dasgupta said the government was avoiding debate on important issues.

''Besides, the government will be using more executive powers and the Parliament will become redundant." RSP leader and MP Abani Roy also said the ordinance route was not the right thing to do. The government should have brought about a comprehensive legislation to re-define the Office of profit.

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