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Amravati Poll: Should President Remain Silent?
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
There is a serious constitutional issue thrown up by the Amravati constituency poll in the Maharashtra assembly elections. President Patil's son, Mr Rajendra Shekawat, is the Congress party candidate in that constituency. Nobody can take objection to that. Being the President's kin should not impede Mr Shekawat's political career.
Last Sunday the President’s son himself claimed in a campaign speech that he had started the train services and the Finlay Mills. Since Mr Shekawat holds no official position he was clearly implying that he had been instrumental for using the President’s influence to render this service to Amravati.
One waits for the reactions of the President and of the galaxy of constitutional experts who fiercely maintain that the President is a mere titular head.
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