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Pranab Mukherjee's presidency challenged
Publication Date : 22-08-2012
P.A. Sangma, former parliament speaker of India, yesterday filed a petition with the Supreme Court challenging the election of Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee as the president of India.
The petition filed by Sangma, who had unsuccessfully contested against Mukherjee in the presidential election in July this year, contended that he (Mukherjee) was holding the office of profit as the chairman of Indian Statistical Institute, near Kolkata, when he had entered the race for the president.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader and senior advocate Satpal Jain, who was Sangma’s campaign in-charge during the presidential election, said the petition has sought a direction for setting aside Mukherjee’s election as the president.
Jain said in his petition Sangma has sought that Mukherjee's election should be set aside and in his place he should be elected unopposed as the president.
Mukherjee defeated Sangma by a huge margin in the elections.