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BJP: Convene Parliament to discuss office of profit

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New Delhi, Mar 24: Unimpressed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi's resignation from the post of Chairperson of National Advisory Council as well as her Lok Sabha membership, the BJP today (Mar 24, 2006) demanded an immediate session of Parliament to discuss the issue of office of profit.

The party although of the view that the law should be made applicable on all people irrespective of their political affiliations, is keeping an ambiguous position if the party would support the Bill defining the office of profit.

BJP President Rajnath Singh said that the party would take a decision when the Bill is placed before the Parliament. Asked if he would attend the All Party meeting sought to be convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mr Singh evaded the question by saying that the party was yet to receive any invitation.

The party in a resolution adopted by the BJP Office Bearers said that the post of the NAC Chairperson is an 'office of profit' wielding 'supreme power' of implementing the Common Minimum Programme of the UPA without accountablity to Parliament. "We feel that this power should be vested with Prime Minister and not an extra-Constitutional authority." "She very well knew that she was the architect of this super-structure and there was no escape route for her except to face disqualification through a process of law already in motion", he said reminding the saying 'phisal gaya to Har Har Gange' ( falling into the river not intending to have a bath).

About the Congress projecting her resignation as an act of 'sacrifice', Mr Singh said Congress had put to shame Indian democracy yet again by conspiring to bring an Ordinance after adjourning the Parliament sine die and the party was unable to give any convincing explanation for their action. "When self engineered conspiracy seemed set to devour its own leader the Congress is seeking to project this desperate action as an act of sacrifice", he said after a meeting of National Office Bearers at the BJP Headquarers.

It is normal for Congress to collect mobs in front of their President's house to make-believe the country that everyone was behind their leader. The scenes now witnessed in front of Mrs Sonia Gandhi's residence were reminiscent of the events when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was disqualified through a judgement of the Allahabad High Court, he said.

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