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Congress exerting ‘undue pressure’ on voters: NDA
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
As the race for Raisina Hills entered the crucial phase, the diatribe have become boisterous, with NDA threatening to move the Election Commission against the Congress for putting ‘undue pressure’ on the members of the Electoral College.

Taking a strong view of the disqualification sought by the Congress of former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh from the Rajya Sabha, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said this is an attempt to threaten others with disciplinary action, if they voted in favour of the ‘Independent’ candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.

Briefing newspersons here, Swaraj said a former MP and former convener of the party’s legal cell Satpal Jain would file the petition.

The petition would be filed in the light of the Congress' petition before the Rajya Sabha Secretariat seeking disqualification of Natwar Singh for proposing the name of Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat for presidentship.

She said the Congress had made a false claim that it had sought Natwar Singh's disqualification earlier itself, but it was rejected on some technical grounds.

''I can tell you with authority that no such petition had been filed or been rejected. I have ascertained facts from the Rajya Sabha Secretariat,'' she said.

Questioning the timing of the disqualification plea, she asked if the Congress was so serious it could have moved the petition earlier after the Uttar Pradesh election, when the House was in session.

The congress spokesperson has hit a self-goal. The congress has, in a way, issued a threat that all those who will not toe its line will face similar consequences, she added.

The BJP leader, whose party has found no support from its ally Shiv Sena for Shekhawat, claimed there were no differences with the Trinamool Congress over Shekhawat. The Trinamool is very much with him, she said.

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Cong seeks Shekhawat’s resignation

New Delhi, June 27
The Congress today appealed to Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat to resign from his constitutional post on moral grounds in view of his decision to contest the July 19 Presidential election.

Information and broadcasting minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi cited the example set by Left-UPA Presidential candidate Pratibha Patil, who resigned her constitutional post as Rajasthan Governor before she filed her nomination papers for the poll. — UNI

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