The ECI recommended to the President the disqualification of 20 MLA's who were appointed as parliamentary secretaries by the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi. Both BJP and congress have sharpened attack on AAP demanding Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's resignation.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who expressed support for AAP, also criticised the Election Commission saying a constitutional body can not be used for political vendetta. He added that this is also against the principles of natural justice.
In a blow to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, the Election Commission had yesterday asked the president to disqualify 20 of its MLAs for holding offices of profit, setting the stage for their ouster from the assembly. "The MLAs were not given opportunity to present evidence with them".
According to AAP leaders they will challenge the Election Commission decision in the Supreme Court. 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. This brought a lot of negative publicity to AAP and its convener Arvind Kejriwal as the expelled duo were not only the founding members of the party but also eminent personalities in their own right.
BJP will gain significant margin in the seats if the Delhi Bypolls are conducted given the significant importance of this election in the 2019 General Election.
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The EC has written to President Ram Nath Kovind Friday afternoon.
He said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government was suppressing democracy in the country and questioned that there is no meaning of constitutional institutions left in the country. 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. Speaking to news agency ANI, one of the disqualified AAP MLAs in "office of profit" case Jarnail Singh said, "We are ready to go to any court and if there is no option we will go to the people's court". Similarly, BJP leaders like Sambit Patra and Vijay Jolly have welcomed the EC suggestion, branding it as "final nail in the coffin of Delhi government", and "misgovernance" of the AAP in the capital.
'Where is Lokpal? The MLAs and Ministers enjoying perks of power and foreign travel-Where is political probity, ' he tweeted.
Welcoming the EC's decision, the BJP said Delhi CM Kejriwal should immediately resign.