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Soli Sorabjee Must Clarify!
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
On July 11th while responding to an ongoing controversy related to the legal validity of a conscience vote that might defy a political party’s directive the Election Commission made the following statement:
The meaning and intent of this statement is clear and not open to any ambiguity.
However the distinguished jurist and former Attorney-General of India, Mr. Soli Sorabjee, stated an opposite view during an appearance on TV. Subsequently, writing in his weekly newspaper column in a national daily after the EC’s statement Mr. Sorabjee iterated his view with strong emphasis. On July 15th he wrote:
This is in direct contradiction to what the EC stated. It is surprising that Mr. Sorabjee contradicted the EC without any reference to its statement on the subject. According to the EC no party whip can be issued in a Presidential election. That would render Mr. Sorabjee’s reference to the anti-defection law irrelevant. The voting for the Presidential election takes place on July 19th.
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