Disqualification of 20 MLAs is EC's gift to PM Modi, says AAP

Jan 21, 2018, 00:28
Disqualification of 20 MLAs is EC's gift to PM Modi, says AAP

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to grant any interim relief to the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, whose names were recommended to the President by the Election Commission for disqualification, for allegedly holding the office of profit.

As it faces a crisis over the imminent disqualification of 20 MLAs, the AAP is upset over an aggressive campaign by the Congress against it, as leaders feel it will affect the joint Opposition onslaught against the BJP.

"We will go to all democratic fora seeking justice", he said.

In its opinion sent to President Ramnath Kovind on Friday, the EC said the MLAs, by occupying the post of parliamentary secretaries between March 13, 2015 and September 8, 2016, held office of profit, and were liable to be disqualified as legislators.

Following the recommendation for disqualification of the 20 Aam Aadami Party Legislators by the Election Commission of India for holding the office of profit, MLAs of other states facing similar crisis may also face the same music, a source said. "In fact, a couple of AAP MLAs have become my friends during the course of hearing", Patel added.

While one Congress legislator is the parliamentary secretary to chief minister V Narayanasamy, two DMK members and five belonging to the Congress had been appointed chairmen of statutory bodies here. She said the parliamentary secretaries did not get any pecuniary benefit. "We are ready to go to any court and if there is no option we will go to the people's court", he said.

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From a party which came into existence in 2012 when anti-corruption crusaders, who were part of Anna Hazare's movement, joined hands, it must be said that AAP has made significant progress politically.

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.

The disqualification will not put Kejriwal's government in jeopardy because of its huge majority in the Delhi Assembly. "Shouldn't Arvind Kejriwal resign?" Similarly, BJP leaders like Sambit Patra and Vijay Jolly have welcomed the EC suggestion, branding it as "final nail in the coffin of Delhi government", and "misgovernance" of the AAP in the capital.

"Kejriwal has lost all moral rights to continue in the chair. We appeal to the President to hear our view too, MLAs will meet President also". He said the BJP stands prepared for elections "any moment".

"Where is Lokpal? The MLAs and Ministers enjoying perks of power and foreign travel-Where is political probity (sic)?", he further tweeted.