AAP MLAs face disqualification

AAP MLAs outside the Delhi High Court on Friday. The court refused to grant interim relief

A meeting attended by Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken and AICC incharge of the state unit PC Chacko, the party functionaries discussed the emerging scenario and possible elections in the 20 Assembly segments.

The AAP launched an unrestrained attack on Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti, saying he was "repaying the debt" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi before his retirement on Monday, January 22. As per the EC, being Parliamentary Secretaries and by holding the office of profit, the AAP leaders were liable to be disqualified as MLAs of Delhi Assembly. "Even if justice was denied us in the court, we will go to the people's court which is the biggest court", he said.

"It's very unfortunate and sad that the Election Commission has recommended 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs be disqualified from the Delhi Assembly for holding offices of profit".

This is how I would describe the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s reaction to the reported news of disqualification of 20 MLAs by the Election Commission. Fifteen of their MLAs have cases against them and 12 were arrested under different charges.

Parliamentary secretaries assist ministers with their work and usually enjoy the same perks and ranks as a cabinet minister.

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He also called the recommendation made by the EC as "unconstitutional and undemocratic". He said the BJP stands prepared for elections "any moment". The petition seeking the disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs was filed by Prashant Patel. In case the 11 MLAs are disqualified, the strength of the House would be reduced to 79 and the half way mark would be 40.

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".

According to them, when the Delhi government took the decision to appoint parliamentary secretaries, the order clearly stated that they will not be given remuneration of even one rupee. "At this hour we are strongly with Arvind Kejriwal and his team", she tweeted. 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. He said it was disappointing that the EC had allowed "undue" adjournments to AAP MLAs, which cost the people of Delhi dear. "Arvind Kejriwal should take responsibility for moral defeat and resign", he said.

The Election Commission on Friday sent its recommendation of disqualifications to President Ram Nath Kovind for approval.

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