Pranab's resignation from ISI not genuine: Swaraj
Shimla: Launching a fresh attack on UPA's presidential nominee Pranab Mukerjee, Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday alleged that his signatures on the papers he put in while resigning from ISI, Kolkata were not genuine.
Swaraj, who was at Kangra in Himachal to inaugurate the three-day meeting of National Executive of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM), said, "It was painful that Pranab forgot to resign from the post of ISI chairman, an office of profit, and when the BJP raised doubts, he submitted his resignation that had forged signatures on it."
Contending that Mukherjee had not quit the post of ISI chairman before filing his nomination for presidential polls, the BJP leader said his papers should have been rejected by the Returning Officer (RO) since the post was an "office of profit", which was a disqualification if the candidate held the post at the time of filing nominations.
Terming Mukherjee's resignation as "fake", Swaraj alleged that in a bid to save the UPA nominee's papers, a letter of resignation was prepared hurriedly and forged signature put on it.
Stating that the difference in signatures of Pranab Mukherjee in his nomination papers and the resignation letter were clearly discernible, she said, "Even a small kid can spot the difference between Mukherjee's signature on his nomination papers and the resignation letter."
Swaraj said what substantiated the charge against Mukherjee was the date on the resignation letter and questioned how was it possible that a letter sent to the ISI on June 20 reached Kolkata the very same day, was accepted and sent back to Delhi.
"The resignation letter has no official seal of the ISI on it and instead it was written on the letterhead of the finance minister," claimed Swaraj, adding that neither the finance minister nor the ISI had made any official entry of the letter in its records.
Asked if the BJP would submit a complaint to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) against the order of the Returning Officer rejecting Sangma's objections and demand to disqualify Mukherjee, Swaraj said it was for Sangma to decide.
"There is also an option to take the matter to court," said Swaraj, adding that though the courts do not intervene once the election process is set in motion, they did so if someone had committed fraud.
She also accused the UPA of not taking the consent of all parties before projecting Mukherjee as the presidential nominee.
"We had taken consent of opposition before projecting APJ Abdul Kalam as Presidential candidate during the NDA regime," she said.