CHURUMURI POLL: Should Sonia be disqualified?

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's decision last night to return the Office of Profit Bill to Parliament for reconsideration of the criteria and the retrospective clause poses a huge dilemma for the Election Commission: what should it do with the over 200-odd petitions against MPs and MLAs lying before it when there is now technically no law to protect those whom the Bill had sought to rescue?

Questions: Should Sonia Gandhi be disqualified with the same speed that was shown in the case of Jaya Bachchan? Should Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee be disqualified despite his diatribe against the EC for entertaining a complaint against him which now stands so grandly exposed? Should the monsoon session of Parliament be advanced as demanded by the Left so that the Bill can be voted again and sent to the President? Or should the EC mercilessly act against all and sundry even at the cost of a constitutional crisis?