Sangma uses forensic report against Pranab

 Opposition candidate P A Sangma's team has attached a forensic expert report to its petition to the Election Commissionsuggesting that UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee’s signature is forged.

Submitting the petition on Monday,the Sangma supporters demanded that Mukherjee’s nomination papers for the Presidential poll be scrutinised again.

Charging that his signatures on the nomination paper and the one on the resignation letter submitted to the Indian Statistical Institute are different, team Sangma, comprising his lawyer Satya Pal Jain, his agent Bhartruhari Mahtab and Janta Party chief Subramanian Swamy submitted more than 100 pages petition to the EC.

At a press conference held after the team went to the EC, Swamy said that an eminent forensic expert, whose identity they did not reveal, gave a 12-page opinion saying clearly that the two signatures of former finance minister did not match. He said that there have been several Supreme court judgments on the legality of signatures. “Mukherjee, if you have any self respect you should yourself go for an inquiry,” he demanded.

Jain, who also shared the dias with Swamy, told reporters that they will approach the Supreme Court if they fail to get a satisfactory response from the Commission. “Let the EC’s order come. We will go step by step as per the settled procedure of law...all options are open. As soon as the EC decision comes, we will take a decision,” Jain remarked.

Swamy too promised to take the matter to its logical end as he did with the 2G spectrum scam. However, Congress scoffed at the Opposition parties to sully Mukherjee’s image. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal said that the BJP and other parties, who were supporting Sangma, were just wasting their energy by raising unsubstantiated allegations about office-of-profit being held by Mukherjee and wrongdoings in the conduct of the electoral process.


Pranab, Sangma to campaign in J&K

With Presidential elections drawing near, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Pranab Mukherjee and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee P A Sangma are scheduled to visit Kashmir for campaigning this week, reports DHNS from Srinagar.

    Sources told Deccan Herald that Mukherjee is scheduled to arrive in Kashmir on July 15 while Sangma will visit the Valley either on July 11 or 12. Mukherjee is set to bag the majority of votes from Jammu and Kashmir with ruling National Conference (NC) and Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) set to vote for the UPA nominee. During his day-long stay in the state, Mukherjee is scheduled to interact with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and others.

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