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Sangma moves Supreme Court challenging Pranab Mukherjee's election as President


August 21, 2012 - New Delhi

Former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma has moved to the Supreme Court challenging the election of Pranab Mukherjee as the President of India.

Pranab Mukherjee has won the Presidential Election held on July 19. Pranab received 713,763 votes, while his rival Sangma has received 315,987 votes. Sangma has alleged that Pranab was holding an office of profit as the chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute at the time of filing his nomination papers. He alleged that the copy of resignation letter submitted by Mukherjee carried a forged signature.

Former BJP MP Satya Pal Jain is the counsel for Sangma. "Mukherjee neither resigned from the post nor his resignation was accepted. That document was made later to save Mukherjee's nomination. The court should set aside Mukherjee's election and declare Sangma as elected because there were only two candidates in the fray," said Jain.

BJP has already disassociated himself from Sangma moving to the Supreme Court. BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that they have already welcomed Pranab Mukherjee as the President of India. “We would like to make it clear if Sangma takes such a step, then it will be his personal choice. As far as BJP and NDA is concerned, post-election we have welcomed the election of the President of India and we would not like to link this to the party or to the NDA”, said Rudy.

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