November 10th, 2011
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Office of profit clause to protect VS and Chief Whip

Oommen ChandyThiruvananthapuram: The cabinet is to promulgate an ordinance to protect the State Opposition Leader VS Achuthananthan and the Chief Whip PC George from the Office of profit clause, Chief Minister Ommen Chandy said. Such  a protection is already available to ministers, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. The new legislation will extend the protetion to the Opposition leader and the Chief Whip after the weekly cabinet meeting.

The ordinance would be introduced with retrospective effect. The office of profit controversy erupted in the state after complaints were filed alleging that PC George was holding office of profit. The controversy took a new shade when allegation rose that the Opposition Leader also fell under the ambit of Office of Profit.

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