People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 14, 2006
of the CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc met in New Delhi on May 9, 2006. They
issued the following statement
meeting of the Left parties discussed the “office of profit” issue. Under
the provisions of the Disqualification Act of 1959, parliament is empowered to
exempt certain offices held by members of parliament from disqualification for
holding an office of profit. The government should bring in legislation to amend
the schedule which lists the offices which are not to be considered as office of
profit for the purpose of disqualification. The list may include such offices
with retrospective effect.
far as the basic issues of definition of the office of profit under the
Constitution, the separation of legislative and executive powers and whether
members of parliament should hold non-legislative offices, these should be
examined in depth by a special committee constituted by parliament. Its
recommendations should be taken up for consideration and implementation.
meeting was attended by Prakash Karat (CPI-M), A B Bardhan and D Raja (CPI),
Debabrata Biswas (AIFB) and Abani Roy (RSP).