YSRCP Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy cleared of charge that he holds office of profit

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The President has rejected the plea based on the Election Commission's (EC) unanimous opinion given in June.

YSRCP Congress Rajya Sabha MP V Vijaisai Reddy has been cleared of charges of holding ‘office of profit’ levelled by Andhra Pradesh opposition Telugu Desam after he was appointed as the special representative of the state in the national capital.

TDP leader C Ramakotaiah filed a petition to President Ram Nath Kovind filed under Article 102 (1) (a) of the Constitution of India, seeking the disqualification of Vijaysai Reddy as a member of the Upper House of Parliament alleging that the post of special representative at the Andhra Pradesh Bhawan being held by the YSR Congress Party MP was an office of profit.

The President has rejected the plea based on the Election Commission's (EC) unanimous opinion given in June. The matter was referred to the EC by the Rashtrapati Bhavan as per established practice.

The EC held that since no pecuniary gain was derived from the said office and Vijaisai Reddy was not entitled to any other perks or remuneration other than enjoying the status of a 'state guest' during his travels to Andhra Pradesh in connection with performance of his duties as special representative, he did not incur disqualification.

In his order, President Kovind said that having considered the matter in the light of the opinion expressed by the EC, he holds that Reddy "has not incurred disqualification for being a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) under Article 102(1) (a) of the Constitution of India".

The President's order was made public by the EC on Monday.

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