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Uttaranchal Assembly passes disqualification bill

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Dehra Dun, Apr 4 (UNI) The Uttaranchal Assembly today passed the controversial bill on the office of profit by a voice vote amid a noisy walkout by the opposition a day after it was returned by the Governor Sudarshan Agarwal for reconsideration.

The Uttaranchal Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1971 was passed for the second time.

Before passing the Bill, Speaker Yashpal Arya had to adjourn the House thrice following protest by the opposition demanding discussion. The oppositon BJP, BSP and Uttarakhand Kranti Dal members staged a walk-out.

Earlier as soon as the Speaker entered the House, Leader of Opposition Matbar Singh Kandari terming the government's effort unconstitutional, demanded immediate discussion under Rule 311.

He was also supported by the BSP and Uttarakhand Kranti Dal legislators. The bill was passed after the House was adjourned three times.

As soon as the Bill was passed, opposition members staged a walk out.

The Bill was returned by the Governor for reconsideration stating that certain entry made in the Uttaranchal Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1971, did not specifically identify the office to meet the constitutional requirement.

It had stated that the entry did not appear to be in conformity with the provision of the Constitution which said that only a post declared by the state legislature as ''not an office of profit'' could protect the holder from disqualification from the house under Article 191.

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