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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

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PM to seek RS renomination from Assam

Samudra Gupta Kashyap
Posted online: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 at 0000 hrs IST
Guwahati, May 7

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is arriving here tomorrow for a day. Not to attend any major official function, but to file his nomination papers for re-election to the Rajya Sabha. Singh will be contesting for the fourth consecutive time from Assam, his “adopted home state”.

Singh was first elected from Assam in 1991 after then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao appointed him Finance Minister, and has remained a Rajya Sabha member from the state since.

As Finance Minister in 1991, Singh was caught in a controversy over submission of documents to prove his “ordinary resident” status in Guwahati. The matter reached the Supreme Court following a report in The Indian Express which exposed how he produced ration cards, electricity bills and house rent receipts to prove his credentials. In those days the rule was that one had to be an ordinary resident of the state from which he wanted to contest for the Rajya Sabha. It was then Assam Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia who arranged the documents for Singh. [IE]
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