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Views of Congress Party

 

 

PRIVATE SECRETARY AT THE
LEVEL OF JOINT SECRETARY TO
LEADER OF OPPOSITION
LOK SABHA
                                                                                                                                              August 16, 2002

Dear Shri Narayan

            I am desired to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated August 10, 2002 addressed to Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha regarding the proposed draft amendments to the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 based on the recent Supreme Court directives.

            In this regard I have been asked to convey that the Congress Party has already clearly enunciated its views. The Party has no objection in requiring a candidate to furnish all relevant information as observed by the Supreme Court in the judgment under reference and as notified by the Election Commission in its guidelines. The Party is willing to fully comply with the observations of the Supreme Court regarding the right of the elector to receive all relevant information about a candidate’s assets and liabilities and criminal antecedents. The Congress Party is only opposed to the power vested by the Election Commission in the Returning Officer to reject a nomination paper on the ground of incomplete or false information.

With good wishes

Yours sincerely
Pulok Chatterji

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