EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for Office Of Profit

EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for Office Of Profit

The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to grant interim relief to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs against the Election Commission's recommendation for their disqualification on grounds of holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

Earlier in the day, the EC sent its recommendations to President Ram Nath Kovind for disqualification of the 20 AAP MLAs for holding "office of profit". "No evidence, no argument of AAP was neither asked nor taken into consideration before the recommendations were sent to the president", Bharadwaj said.

There was no official word from the poll panel.

AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha soon after the EC recommendation tweeted, "EC hasn't even heard the OoP matter on merits and now makes ill-founded recommendations without giving AAP MLAs an opportunity of being heard". The matter will come up again on Monday. "Such a blatantly biased recommendation will not stand scrutiny in court of law". No ruling party has such dubious distinctions!

While public prosecutor Prashant Patel Umrao led the case against AAP MLAs accused of office of profit, the decision is being lapped up by the BJP, with many of its members tweeting about it.

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"Kejriwal has no right to continue". On this basis, the party and his government function.

Extending her support to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over MLA disqualification row, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday termed the episode as "political vendetta".

The 20 MLAs set to be disqualified include, Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka), Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk), Anil Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar), Avtar Singh (Kalkaji), Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh) - who is also a minister - Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar), Manoj Kumar (Kondli), Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli), Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar), Praveen Kumar (Jangpura).

He said that the notification of the Delhi government had clearly mentioned that no financial benefit or perks will be given to the parliamentary secretaries. Following suit, in June 2015, the Kejriwal government passed an amendment in the Delhi assembly to the 1997 Act, to exempt the post of parliamentary secretary from the definition of "office of profit". But Mukherjee rejected it, and Delhi High Court subsequently quashed the appointments.

Delhi chief minister Kejriwal and his party colleagues too have refrained from officially commenting on the issue, maintaining that they would first study the EC's recommendation and the order of the President.