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Sonia's resignation spree continues
April 08, 2006 19:20 IST
Taking no chances ahead of the Rae Bareli election, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has resigned from the chairpersonship of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.
Gandhi's resignation comes five days before the issue of notification for the Lok Sabha by-election from Rae Bareli, which became vacant on March 23 following her resignation from Parliament and the National Advisory Committee chairpersonship in the wake of controversy over the office of profit issue.
She resigned from the two posts after opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and the Telugu Desam Party petitioned the President seeking her disqualification as MP on the ground that she held an office of profit.
The opposition parties had also cited her membership in various trusts including Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial.
Two days back, Gandhi had resigned from the chairpersonship of the Jallianwala Bagh National Trust.
Gandhi, who had already announced her decision to contest again from Rae Bareli, apparently wants to avoid any legal challenge even at the nomination stage by relinquishing these posts.
The bye-election is scheduled for May 8.