Not Afraid of Elections, Says AAP On MLAs Disqualification Row

21 January, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Lorraine Moran
  • 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

Patra said the "self guilt" of Kejriwal was evident as he tried to bring a law retrospectively to keep the appointment of the MLAs as parliamentary secretaries out of the purview of the office of profit.

She also expressed support to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.

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.

The 20 MLAs had a meeting with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Sisodia, and other senior AAP leaders at the chief minister's residence on Saturday, when they chose to approach the president.

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

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Earlier in the day, the EC recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit.

Sisodia also reiterated that the 20 MLAs, who were appointed parliamentary secretaries, were not paid a 'single rupee'. The commission has now concluded that the post of parliamentary secretary did indeed qualify as an office of profit. "However, yesterday (Friday), the Commission scrapped their membership of the Assembly without any notice", said AAP leader Gopal Rai. It was then that public prosecutor Prashant Pratel Umrao appealed to the president of India that this was an "unconstitutional" move that should be examined by the EC thoroughly, after recommendation from the president. He said the BJP stands prepared for elections "any moment". "They are taking revenge from people of Delhi, the government and Chief Minister of Delhi" he said. "Even those appointments were illegal but no one objected to it", he said.Patel dismissed the charge that Election Commission did not provide the AAP an opportunity to hear them out. The EC dropped proceeding against Jarnail Singh, one of the 21 MLAs in the office of profit case. Though 20 MLAs have been disqualified it will not lose its majority. From internal rifts to the expulsion of some of its founding members, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party has remained in the headlines and off late it is more in news for wrong reasons than right.

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.

'Where is Lokpal? The MLAs and Ministers enjoying perks of power and foreign travel-Where is political probity, ' he tweeted. "Arvind Kejriwal should take responsibility for moral defeat and resign", he said.



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