Office of profit row spreads to Puducherry; AIADMK seeks disqualification of DMK, Congress MLAs

The AIADMK said it would seek disqualification of ruling Congress and DMK legislators in Puducherry 'for holding office of profit,' in view of the Election Commission's decision to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs in New Delhi on similar grounds

PTI January 20, 2018 16:10:36 IST
Office of profit row spreads to Puducherry; AIADMK seeks disqualification of DMK, Congress MLAs

Puducherry: The AIADMK on Saturday said it would seek disqualification of ruling Congress and DMK legislators in Puducherry "for holding office of profit," in view of the Election Commission's decision to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs in New Delhi on similar grounds.

Office of profit row spreads to Puducherry AIADMK seeks disqualification of DMK Congress MLAs

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Addressing reporters in Puducherry, the party's legislature wing leader A Anbalagan said the 'office of profit' axe has fallen on 20 AAP MLAs in New Delhi with EC sending its recommendation to the president, suggesting their disqualification.

"The development in New Delhi is directly applicable to Puducherry where the legislators belonging to the ruling Congress and its ally the DMK are holding 'office of profits' such as chairmen of government-owned undertakings and Parliamentary Secretary," he alleged.

Anbalagan said AIADMK will give 15 days time to the MLAs "to relieve themselves of posts of chairmen and parliamentary secretary so as to remain only as legislators as my intention is not to disturb them."

The party would send a petition to ECI after the lapse of 15 day-deadline, he added.

While one Congress legislator is the parliamentary secretary to Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, two DMK members and five belonging to the Congress had been appointed chairmen of statutory bodies in Puducherry.

The Election Commission had on Friday recommended to the President the disqualification of 20 MLAs of Aam Aadmi Party for holding office of profit, setting the stage for their ouster from the New Delhi Assembly.

Questioning the move to associate Puducherry BJP President V Saminathan with the inauguration of a passport office in Karaikal, the AIADMK leader said, "Narayanasamy had not registered protest against the inclusion of the name of BJP president in both the official invitation and also the plaque erected at the venue of the function."

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had unveiled the plaque of the Post Office Passport Seva Kendra in Karaikal on Friday.

Anbalagan also claimed that there were several lapses in the protocol to be adopted in a government function.

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