Satya Pal Jain,in-charge of the Legal and Legislative Cell of BJP,said on Wednesday that the Congress was lowering the dignity of the Presidential elections. Jain represented P A Sangma,BJP-backed candidate,in filing an objection against Congress candidate Pranab Mukherjees nomination to the returning officer on July 2.
The objection raised was that Mukherjee was chairperson of the Indian Statistical Institute Council,Kolkata,when he filed his nomination. Stating that he was holding office of profit,it was argued that his nomination should be rejected.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday,Jain pointed out that there were anomalies in the resignation letter that was produced before the returning officer.
He said that the signatures on the reply that was filed by Mukherjee against the objection and that on the resignation letter were different. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should explain why the signatures do not tally, Jain said.
When the objection was raised,Union Ministers Pawan Bansal and P Chidambaram asked for time to file a reply. If they knew that the resignation had been submitted,as was later claimed,then it should have been clarified the same day, he added.
Jain stated that no copy of the resignation was available with the institute. He further said that there was no diary number on the letter. When official letters are sent,an endorsement number is present on them which was missing.
After studying the returning officers order the party will decide its future course of action. Meanwhile,the party will go to all MPs and MLAs,who will cast their vote in the presidential election,to highlight the issue and ask them to decide who to vote for, Jain said.