EC disqualifies 20 AAP MLAs over office of profit

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On Friday, in a blow to Delhi's ruling AAP, the Election Commission had asked President Ramnath Kovind to disqualify 20 of its MLAs for holding offices of profit, setting the stage for their ouster from the Delhi Assembly.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who expressed support for AAP, also criticised the Election Commission saying a constitutional body can not be used for political vendetta.

Not just the BJP that's celebrating, but even the Congress had petitioned the EC that the 21 MLAs should be disqualified over the same office of profit issue.

The EC is learnt to have recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind the disqualification of the 20 AAP MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit. Fifteen AAP MLAs have cases against them. He had created 21 parliamentary secretary posts to please his restive MLAs, which led to filing of complaints before the EC. "The Chief Election Commission gave enough time to these MLAs to explain their position on the issue and hearing on the matter went on for almost two years", he said.

Mamata announced her support on Friday, while CPM Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat denounced the poll panel's recommendation and called it "undemocratic and selective in procedure and substance".




He also hit out at the BJP, saying it wants elections so that all schemes and projects initiated by the AAP government can be derailed.

BJP will gain significant margin in the seats if the Delhi Bypolls are conducted given the significant importance of this election in the 2019 General Election.

The disqualification will not put Kejriwal's government in jeopardy because of its huge majority in the Delhi Assembly. The legislators then went to the Election Commission arguing that since the High Court had declared their appointment null and void, the poll panel could not hear a petition against them for holding an office that never existed. "Shouldn't Arvind Kejriwal resign?" However, in the last five years, Arvind Kejriwal has not only systematically demolished these principle, he has reduced the party to a mere club-level functioning.

At the Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi headquarters, late-night deliberations over the issue revolved around a "dismissal of the incumbent government" with "another 16 AAP MLAs" expected to "meet the same fate". On Saturday, Rai said that Joti was principal secretary in Gujarat when Modi was the chief minister and he was Modi's closest officer. "20 of his party's MLAs were enjoying ministerial perks will now be disqualified", he said. "Ironically, Kejriwal has not resigned from the post of the CM on moral grounds despite corruption charges", Maken said.

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