National

Pranab’s nomination illegal: BJP

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on July 09, 2012 Published on July 09, 2012




The Opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Biju Janata Dal have approached the Election Commission with “documentary evidences” against the UPA’s Presidential candidate, Mr Pranab Mukherjee. A delegation of NDA and BJD met the Chief Election Commissioner here on Monday and demanded re-scrutiny of Mr Mukherjee’s nomination papers. They argued that Mr Mukherjee was holding three offices of profit while filing the nomination. Talking to reporters after the meeting, the NDA leader, Mr Subramanian Swamy said Mr Mukherjee should be disqualified from contesting the election. The NDA leaders said Mr Mukherjee’s papers were accepted by the returning officer, Mr V.K. Agnihotri, in an illegal manner. The Opposition candidate, Mr P.A. Sangma’s advocate, Mr Satpal Jain, said the returning officer did not deal with many objections raised by them on Mr Mukherjee’s nomination, particularly his resignation letter from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. Mr Jain said the returning officer did not decide on the genuineness and validity of the resignation letter. The Congress, however, denied the allegations. It said the BJP was trying to malign the process of elections to the top post. “They took the Presidential election campaign in 2007 to a new low. They are trying to repeat it in 2012. They will not be successful this time as well,” party spokesperson, Mr Manish Tewari said. Meanwhile, the Congress started consultations for the post of Vice-President. The Janata Dal (Secular) claimed that the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, had sought opinion from the party chief, Mr H.D. Deve Gowda, on a second term to Vice-President, Mr Hamid Ansari.

Published on July 09, 2012

A letter from the Editor


Dear Readers,

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favourite business and financial newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted across the country, leaving readers without access to newspapers. Newspaper delivery agents have also been unable to service their customers because of multiple restrictions.

In these difficult times, we, at BusinessLine have been working continuously every day so that you are informed about all the developments – whether on the pandemic, on policy responses, or the impact on the world of business and finance. Our team has been working round the clock to keep track of developments so that you – the reader – gets accurate information and actionable insights so that you can protect your jobs, businesses, finances and investments.

We are trying our best to ensure the newspaper reaches your hands every day. We have also ensured that even if your paper is not delivered, you can access BusinessLine in the e-paper format – just as it appears in print. Our website and apps too, are updated every minute, so that you can access the information you want anywhere, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy cost. As you are aware, the lockdowns have wiped out almost all our entire revenue stream. Sustaining our quality journalism has become extremely challenging. That we have managed so far is thanks to your support. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – for your support.

I appeal to all or readers to help us navigate these challenging times and help sustain one of the truly independent and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is easy. You can help us enormously simply by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We offer several affordable subscription plans for our website, which includes Portfolio, our investment advisory section that offers rich investment advice from our highly qualified, in-house Research Bureau, the only such team in the Indian newspaper industry.

A little help from you can make a huge difference to the cause of quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
You have read 1 out of 3 free articles for this week. For full access, please subscribe and get unlimited access to all sections.