EC disqualifies 20 AAP MLAs over office of profit

21 January, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
  • Arvind Kejriwal Delhi chief minister and AAP national convener is also likely to campaign for the party in Karnataka

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia also hit out at the BJP, saying it wants elections so that all schemes and projects initiated by the AAP government can be derailed.

AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said: "Till now, there is no confirmation on the EC's recommendation".

Justice Palli on Friday said she was not inclined to pass any order or issue notice and asked the EC to clarify the queries raised by her.

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According to a senior leader in the know about deliberations held at the BJP's headquarters' for two hours on Friday night, the party was awaiting the Election Commission's verdict on a complaint filed against 27 AAP MLAs on a separate petition seeking their disqualification for allegedly holding office of profit.

If they are disqualified, AAP would have to fight again in these seat for which poll will be conducted in the six months after the notification. It was not that the BJP and the Congress appointed parliamentary secretaries. The commission has now concluded that the post of parliamentary secretary did indeed qualify as an office of profit.

An angry AAP said the Election Commission had never "touched this low", and insinuated that the prime minister was behind the action. Constitutional experts were surprised over the timing of his recommendation to the President.

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The Congress has demanded that the same set of rules be applied by the ECI in BJP ruled Chhattisgarh too and the 11 MLAs be disqualified. He said the BJP stands prepared for elections "any moment". The by-elections for these 20 seats, if and when they are held, would be taken as a referendum on his government. "The disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs was his gift to Modi". The EC dropped proceeding against one of the 21 MLAs in the Office of Profit case Jarnail Sing as he had quit assembly to contest Punjab elections previous year. "Shouldn't Arvind Kejriwal resign?" He accused Kejriwal of stabbing the people of Delhi in the back and argued that he had no moral authority to continue in office.

Earlier in the day, Delhi unit chief Gopal Rai alleged that the election poll panel did not give the ruling party a hearing before sending its disqualification recommendations to President Ram Nath Kovind. Alka Lamba, AAP MLA from Chandani Chowk, said all 20 AAP MLAs have sought appointment with the president at individual level.

"Where is Lokpal? The MLAs and ministers enjoying perks of power and foreign travel-Where is political probity", he tweeted.

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