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Bill on office-of-profit passed in Delhi Assembly

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New Delhi, May 18 (UNI) A bill to exempt certain posts from the definition of office-of-profit introduced by the state government to save Congress MLAs from disqualification was passed in a special one-day session of the Delhi Assembly today.

The Members of Delhi Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Amendment bill 2006, aimed to free as many as 14 posts held by the MLAs out of the ambit of office-of-profit with retrospective effect from September 9, 1997.

The session had been convened after the Election Commission, acting on a complaint by BJP, issued notices to 19 Congress MLAs and an MP for allegedly holding posts that were considered offices of profit, and hence could lead to their disqualification. BJP had since filed a complaint with the EC against eight other Congress MLAs on identical grounds.

The bill sought to remove offices like District Development Committee, Parliamentary Secretary to Chief Minister, Trans-Yamuna Development Board, SC/ST Welfare Board, Governing bodies of Colleges and Group Housing Societies, and Rural Development Board from the definition of offices of profit.

BJP strongly opposed the bill, saying it was unconstitutional and against propriety.

The party demanded that the special session should have been called to discuss the water and power problems, sealing and demolition being carried out by the Municipal Corpration of Delhi rather than been called to save the Congress MLAs who were occupying offices of profit that was against the law of the land.

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