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Delhi High Court refused to grant any relief to AAP MLA's

February 19 2018, 07:55 | Rex Rios

AAP decides to contest all polls

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party leader Preeti Sharma Menon pay tribute to Rajmata Jijabai on the occasion of her birth anniversary at Buldhana in Maharashtra on Friday

On Friday, the Election Commission (EC) asked the President to disqualify the 20 MLAs for holding offices of profit, setting the stage for their ouster from the assembly.

With this understanding, it is easier to see a few instance of moral turpitude by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in this case.

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.

On the other hand, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta and his legislator colleagues Om Prakash Sharma, Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Jagdish Pradhan, in a joint statement, demanded that the President of India "take an immediate decision in the matter of 20 AAP MLAs".

The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday said the Election Commission had no right to recommend the disqualification of 20 of its party MLAs in the office of profit case as the Delhi High Court had set aside their appointments as parliamentary secretaries in 2016.

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. His predecessor Sheila Dikshit had briefly appointed Ajay Maken as parliament secretary.

Parliamentary secretaries assist ministers with their work and usually enjoy the same perks and ranks as a cabinet minister. "However, yesterday (Friday), the Commission scrapped their membership of the Assembly without any notice", said AAP leader Gopal Rai.

The BJP, according to sources, would depend upon a strategy based more on the alleged failures of the AAP government over its "three-plus years in power" instead of the party per se. He said the BJP stands prepared for elections "any moment".

The AAP claims that the Commission, under Joti, has acted under the pressure of the Modi government and done its bidding in disqualifying the party MLAs.

The disqualification will not put Kejriwal's government in jeopardy because of its huge majority in the Delhi Assembly. In cases where petitions are made seeking disqualification of lawmakers, the President sends a reference to the ECI which decides on the case by sending back its opinion. Alka Lamba, AAP MLA from Chandani Chowk, said all 20 AAP MLAs have sought appointment with the president at individual level.

Welcoming the EC's decision, the BJP said Delhi CM Kejriwal should immediately resign.

The President is bound to go by the recommendation of the commission.



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