Opposition nominee P A Sangma on Saturday sought the Election Commission’s intervention for a fresh probe into his objections against the candidature of UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee, levelling new allegations that he was still holding two more offices of profit.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the Returning Officer’s dismissal of their complaint, a three-member delegation on behalf of Mr. Sangma met the Election Commission, which gave them time to present their written submission on their demand by Monday evening.
After the meeting, Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy claimed that Mr. Mukherjee continued to hold two more offices of profit — as Vice President of Birbhum Institute of Engineering and Technology and Chairman of Rabindra Bharti Society, which forms the Rabindra Bharti University.
He said the delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and placed their concerns. The Constitution allows the EC to intervene in the conduct of elections.
“Here the issue is of fraud. Let the EC decide on whether there is a fraud in the nomination process. Let the EC take the final decision,” Dr. Swamy said.
The delegation, which also included BJP leader and Mr. Sangma’s counsel Satya Pal Jain and his election agent Bhartruhari Mahtab, raked up the issue of Mukherjee’s signature on his letter of resignation from the Indian Statistical Institute and its acceptance.