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Fernandes, Swamy to launch campaign against Sonia

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MADURAI, SEPT. 26 . The former Defence Minister, George Fernandes, today said that all legal channels would be utilised to oust the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, from Parliament for allegedly giving "false" information about her educational qualification in the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission.

Talking to the media here along with the Janata Party leader, Subramanian Swamy, Mr. Fernandes asked: "All the people, who are conscious of the implications of having such a person, who is not a citizen of India, [as leader], should join the action committee proposed by Dr. Swamy to oust Ms. Gandhi from power'' he said. "She has no business to be in Parliament."

However, referring to the decision taken by the National Democratic Alliance not to disrupt the proceedings in Parliament, Mr. Fernandes said the issue would be raised in the House. He welcomed the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad's statement that all scams of the NDA Government would be probed. Recalling that he had written to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, on the very next day of assuming office to probe the "coffin scam," he said even after 100 days nothing happened.

Criminal complaint

Earlier talking to reporters separately, Dr. Swamy said he had filed a criminal complaint with the Rae Bareli District Magistrate, who is also the Returning Officer of the Lok Sabha constituency, against Ms. Sonia Gandhi for filing a "false affidavit" regarding her educational qualifications. He said an "action" committee comprising members of various political parties would organise meetings at major cities to "expose the true colours" of Ms. Gandhi.

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