Ajay Maken seeks rejection of AAP's Rajya Sabha candidate

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Congress today demanded the rejection of nomination of Aam Aadmi Party's candidate for Rajya Sabha, Narayan Dass Gupta, on the grounds that his nomination violates the Article 102 of the Constitution of India as he is holding an office of profit.

While scrutinising the nominations that were filed on Thursday, the RO, Central Delhi District Magistrate Nidhi Srivastava, issued a notice to Mr. Gupta, acting on a complaint by Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken.

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The party is already facing criticism over the selection of another candidate, Sushil Gupta, who was earlier associated with the Congress party.

In his objection filed with the Retuning Officer, Maken says that Gupta is "currently holding the office of a Trustee of the National Pension System Trust".

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The AAP dismissed the charge, saying the Congress was trying to gain "cheap publicity" and said the law doesn't bar trustees from contesting. Businessman and social activist Sushil Gupta and AAP functionary Sanjay Singh were the other two names shortlisted for Rajya Sabha elections scheduled on January 16. "(He is) ineligible to contest".

Ever since Delhi's ruling party has announced its three candidates for representing the state in Rajya Sabha, Congress has been looking for loopholes to get the candidates rejected. Gupta was appointed on 30.3.2015 and continues to hold the position.

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"Section 3, clause (L) of the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959 gives exemption to trustee from disqualification under office of profit". "Frivolous objections to gain cheap publicity by Congress", Chadha said. "If AAP can prove that the trustee is exempted, the objections stands rejected", said Kashyap, the former secretary general of Lok Sabha.

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