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Somnath Chatterjee, Karan Singh, Kapila should also resign: JD(U)

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New Delhi, Mar 23 (UNI) The Janata Dal (United) today welcomed the resignation of Congress President Sonia Gandhi from the Lok Sabha and National Advisory Council and demanded that Congress leaders Karan Singh and Kapila Vatsyayan and Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee should also resign for holding office of profit.

''Sonia Gandhi's example of morality is incomplete till she faces investigations as the Congress President in the Volcker issue and asks Bofors accused Ottavio Quattrocchi to come to India and face judicial system here'', JD(U) spokesman Shambhu Srivastava told reporters here.

Demanding the resignation of Mr Karan Singh for holding the office of ICCR Chairman and IGNC Director Kapila Vatsyayan, he said that we would urge the speaker and former CPM leader Somnath Chatterjee to also resign.

Pointing out that the name of the Congress party was also there along with former external affairs minister Natwar Singh in the Volcker report, the JD(U) leader said that while Mr Singh had to resign and he and his family is facing an investigation by Enforcement Director/ate no action was taken against the Congress Party for which its President Sonia Gandhi and treasurer Moti Lal Vora are responsible. The JD(U) demanded that they both be investigated by ED like Mr Natwar Singh.

The JD(U) leader wondered why Abhishek Verma has been kept out of the investigation in the Scorpene deal. Alleging that Verma had close links with Mr Vora and had spoken to him, he demanded that Verma's role should be investigated by the Enforcement Directorate. An independent investigation should also be launched to find out the links between the Congress Party and Verma, he said.

Mr Srivastava said that if Sonia Gandhi really wants to set up an example, she should ask her ''family friend'' Ottavio Quattrocchi to come to India and face Indian trial Pointing out that just after the defreezing of his London bank accounts, Quattrocchi had given an interview to a TV news channel stating that he had close links with the Gandhi family. He said that Sonia Gandhi has not contradicted it.

''Either she should give a public statement that she has nothing to do with Quattrocchi or she should persuade her personal friend to come to India and face trial before the Indian judicial system.'' The JD(U) leader also demanded that Law Minister H R Bharadwaj should also resign for his contradictory stands on Quattrocchi issue.

''The Congress should take moral stand on all these issues and not just which suits it,'' he asserted and demanded that on the issue of office of profit Parliament should take a decision after proper discussion and an ordinance should not be brought out.

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