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Jharkhand UPA leaders meet President

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 28: A delegation of 39 MPs, MLAs and office-bearers of parties in the United Progressive Alliance in Jharkhand met President A P J Abdul Kalam today, seeking disqualification of 14 ruling NDA MLAs they say hold ''offices of profit''.

According to UPA sources, the President gave them a patient hearing and assured to consider their demands.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader and Union Minister Shibu Soren, Congress General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, Rajya Sabha member Mabelo Rabello and RPCC Chief Pradeep Balmuchu led the side to the nearly 15 minute meeting with the President.

The UPA leaders had sought an appointment with the Election Commission also to press the demand, but the EC refused a meeting saying it cannot discuss the matter as it was quasi judicial in nature.

Proceedings before the Commission in cases referred to it by the Governor under Article 192(2) are quasi judicial in nature, the EC said in a letter to the UPA leaders who had sought an appointment in this regard.

Last week, a controversial Bill that sought to protect the NDA MLAs from possible disqualification was passed amid pandemonium in the Jharkhand Assembly.

The UPA had petitioned Governor Syed Sibte Razi not to approve it.


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