Saturday, 24 February, 2018

False allegations leveled against our MLAs: Kejriwal

President gives assent to disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs Big Setback For AAP As President Approves Disqualification Of Its 20 MLAs
Steve Townsend | 22 January, 2018, 02:26

President Ram Nath Kovind today approved the Election Commission's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit.

BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said, "It is a decision of the Election Commission (EC) and the President has accepted it".

Odisha: Odisha appointed 20 MLAs as chairpersons of district planning committees in 2016 and gave them minister of state status by amending an Act.

In this case, the party had also approached the Delhi High Court, but there was a jolt at that stage too. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, reacting a little late, tweeted that his party will continue to tread on the path of truth with the grace of almighty.

On September 8, 2016, the high court had set aside the appointment of the 21 AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.

However, the AAP maintained that none of these MLAs enjoyed any salaries or perks while holding the office. But sources said the Commission's recommendation had been sent to President Ram Nath Kovind. "Do here hold that the aforesaid 20 members of the Delhi legislative Assembly stand disqualified from being members of the said Assembly", a notification issued by the Law Ministry quoted the President as saying.

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During the brief hearing, Justice Rekha Palli questioned the conduct of the MLAs, and said they hadappeared before the poll panel and took shield behind the fact that their pleas were pending in the high court.

The Election Commission had made a recommendation against the lawmakers. 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.

Of these 21 MLAs, Rajouri Garden legislator Jarnail Singh had resigned from his seat before contesting the Assembly elections in Punjab.

The Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, BJP's Vijender Gupta said, "Kejriwal should take moral responsibility for disqualification of his MLAs".

Rai said the party members in all 70 constituencies will join the Confederation for All India Traders (CAIT) when traders observe a day long "Delhi trade bandh" on January 23 to lodge their protests against ongoing sealing of business establishments in the city.

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