Monday 6 March
Is the Congress gunning for Samajwadi Party? No, says the former. Yes, of course, claims SP which was subjected to yet another jolt when its MP and former actress Jaya Bachchan was disqualified as a member of the Rajya Sabha and a similar petition seeking to unseat another high profile member Amar Singh, has been filed before the Election Commission. Proceeding on a petition filed by one Madan Mohan, a losing candidate against her in the election from Uttar Pradesh, the Commission has recommended disqualification of Jaya Bachchan on the ground that she was holding an office of profit -- Chairperson of UP Film Development Board. Under the Constitution, the President decides whether a sitting member has incurred disqualification in consultation with the EC. Article 102 (1)(a) bars an MP from holding any office of profit under the Government of India or in any state other than an office declared by Parliament by law not to disqualify its holder. Reacting to the decision, an angry Mrs Bachchan saw a Congress hand behind the complaint and pointed out that she was a recipient of Padma Shri award while her husband Amitabh Bachchan was a Padma Bhushan like his father Harvanshrai Bachchan, adding she had not "grabbed" the Rajya Sabha seat from anyone.