President approves the recommendation of EC to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Credit PTI

Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday said that it would hold protest on January 23 and 29, against the ongoing sealing drive and changes in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail.

In its opinion which was sent to President of India Ram Nath Kovind, the poll panel suggested that the MLAs were "unconstitutionally" appointed as parliamentary secretaries to various Delhi ministers, therefore they are liable for disqualification.

On Saturday, the Election Commission had written to Kovind asking him to disqualify the 20 MLAs for holding offices of profit while occupying the posts of parliamentary secretaries.

Speaking to reporters after the party's Delhi State Conference, senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the BJP-ruled civic bodies were trying to snatch employment opportunities from people in the name of sealing business establishments.

Aam Aadmi Party approached the High Court but got no relief from there.

Shabbir and Revanth demanded that the six TRS MLAs, who were nominated to "office of profit" posts as parliamentary secretaries, should be disqualified.




Stating that the petition was filed on the basis of media reports, the High Court asked AAP MLAs to wait till Monday when the poll panel will inform the court whether media reports are true or not.

Launching a scathing attack, Ajay Maken said that Election Commission should have taken the decision on December 20. It is an act of Centre using constitutional institutions.

Prasad had referred the matter to the Election Commission on November 16. On March 12, 2013, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma had administered oath of office to 18 MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries to assist the 12 ministers after the Congress retained power in assembly elections. The AAP had moved the Delhi HC seeking a stay on the recommendation made by the ECI which had disqualified the 20 MLAs on the office of profit issue.

The complaint was against 21 MLAs out of which one MLA Jarnail Singh had resigned in January previous year for contesting Punjab Assembly Polls.

MLAs who are stranded in the office of profit has finally been canceled.

Once the vacancies are announced by the Assembly, the AAP's strength would go down to 46 from 66 in the 70-member House.

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