New Delhi, July 4 (IBNS): Presidential candidate PA Sangma has written to the Returning Officer and demanded for a copy of the detailed order that rejected objections raised by him against United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Pranab Mukherjee, media reports said on Wednesday.
According to reports, he asked the Returning Officer to give a copy of the order by 5 pm on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader SS Ahluwalia has said the party will take decisions on upcoming moves after receiving a copy of the detailed order.
Sangma on Wednesday had a meeting with BJP leader Sushma Swaraj at hr residence in New Delhi that was attended by party leaders like SS Ahluwalia and Ananth Kumar.
On Tuesday, nominations of both Mukherjee and Sangma were accepted despite the BJP, which backs Sangma, going to the extent of a press conference to allege that Mukherjee was holding an office of profit when he filed his nomination and a letter submitted as evidence that he was not, was carrying a forged signature.
Sangma group alleged that Mukherjee held an office of profit as the chairman of the Kolkata-based Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) when he filed the nomination, but the returning officer rejected the charges and accepted the nomination of Mukherjee.
BJP leader Ananth Kumar Tuesday said: "The resignation letter [dated June 20] and the acceptance is a complete fabrication. The order of the returning officer is flawed. We expect the Election Commission to do justice. We will wait for a written order from the returning officer."
Pranab Mukherjee in writing denied the charges.
"I deny the averments. The objections have no factual basis and in fact are false," he said adding that he tendered his resignation on June 20 and it was accepted the same day.
"The objection that I hold office of profit is misconceived and untenable," he said.
The BJP said the signature of Mukherjee in the resignation letter does not match with his regular initial.
The Returning Officer accepted Mukherjee's nomination after scrutinizing important papers. Sangma's nomination papers were also accepted.
Sangma's camp on Monday had objected to Mukherjee's nomination for the election stating that the former Union Finance Minister was allegedly holding an office of profit on the nomination filing day.
Rejecting the claim, Parliamentary Affairs Minister PK Bansal said that Mukherjee had resigned from the post a week ahead of filing his nomination.
"He (Mukherjee) had resigned as chairman, ISI, on June 20, a week before he filed his nominations," Bansal, the authorised representative of Mukherjee, was quoted as saying.
Sangma's candidature has been backed by several political parties including the BJP, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).