Office of profit

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Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Madan Mohan Shukla of Congress went after Jaya Bhaduri and got her disqualified as MP for holding chairpersonship of UP Film Development Council which was an office of profit. This opened floodgates for similar petitions. Most prominent petition was against Sonia Gandhi. The effort to bring an ordinance and declare chairmanship of National Advisory Council as not an office was leaked to the press. NDA leaders met President against the ordinance. Sonia Gandhi resigned as MP and chairperson of National Advisory Council. The disqualification of Jaya Bhaduri boomeranged on Congress.

There are petitions against many MPs and MLAs and more are on the way. Congress, BJP and CPI(M) are affected by this. More parties may face trouble.

Sonia Gandhi has been against Samajwadi Party though it was BJP that was opposed to her becoming Prime Minister. Sushma Swaraj and Uma Bharti had led the opposition against her. Now Uma Bharti is out of BJP. Sonia Gandhi should have concentrated on BJP.

Neither bill nor ordinance should be brought to expand the list which mentions which are not offices of profit. The guidelines about office of profit are clear and exceptions made over the years should be revoked.

Updated: July 5, 2014 — 2:10 pm

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