Nothing illegal about my parliament membership: E. Ahamed

September 16th, 2008 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Kozhikode, Sep 16 (IANS) Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed, newly chosen president of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Tuesday rubbished allegations about his parliamentary membership being illegal, saying those doubting the legality could go to court.Ahamed was responding to allegations that his continuation as an MP is illegal as he is a member of two political parties - the IUML and the Muslim League Kerala State Committee (MLKSC).

“If anybody has any doubts regarding my position, they can scrutinize it as per the constitutional provisions,” Ahamed told reporters at the Kozhikode International Airport.

The charge against the minister was made by Khan Shajahan, a former IUML leader from Pathanamthitta in Kerala.

Shajahan said that Ahamed, who was chosen national president of IUML Sunday, was elected to parliament as a member of MLKSC.

“There is no MP in parliament representing IUML,” he said.

“You can go to the Lok Sabha website and see the details given regarding Ahamed. The party name is given as MLKSC. Down below in the web page, it is also given that he is the general secretary of IUML 1995 onwards. This itself shows he is holding membership in two political parties,” Shajahan told IANS.

The records with the Election Commission also prove that IUML and MLKSC are two different registered political parties, he added.

Shajahan said that Ahamed was asking people to challenge the matter in court knowing well that “the courts may not be able to take any effective action as it is a matter concerning parliament”.

He said that he has already urged the Lok Sabha speaker to disqualify Ahamed as an MP cannot be a member of two political parties.

“I think Ahamed’s position would be in jeopardy if a sitting MP files a complaint with the speaker over the issue,” Shajahan said.

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