Setback for Arvind Kejriwal: President Kovind approves disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

AAP MLA Alka Lamba

President approves EC recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

In fact, on Friday, the Election Commission had recommended President Kovind to disqualify these 20 MLAs.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday accepted the Election Commission's recommendation to disqualify 20 MLAs of Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for holding offices of profit.

While the disqualification of its MLAs does put the AAP government in a tough spot, it is not under immediate threat.

Though the disqualification of 20 MLAs of AAP is not going to plunge the incumbent Arvind Kejriwal government into a crisis - since it has an overwhelming majority in the 70-member Delhi Assembly, this disqualification of 20 MLAs create heated political atmosphere ahead of by-polls. The 20 MLAs had approached the Delhi High Court challenging the EC's recommendation but Justice Rekha Palli had refused to pass any interim order. "AAP will knock the doors of HC and even SC if the need be", ANI quoted Rai as saying.

Ever since the party came into power post re-elections in 2015, a controversy over the AAP MLAs holding "office of profit" as parliamentary secretaries starting brewing. EC had conveyed its recommendation to the President on Friday.

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Sisodia had said after the meet, "The MLAs were not given an opportunity to present evidence with them".

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, after which they chose to approach the president.

Ashutosh, AAP leader: The President, Sri Ram Nath Kovind should himself contemplate if he has enhanced his stature in history as the President of the Republic of India by signing to disqualify AAP MLAs? Still, the BJP and the Congress have demanded Kejriwal's resignation on moral grounds.

Congress Delhi Cheif Ajay Maken has taken the moment to blame BJP and Election Commission for delaying the decision and allowing the now disqualified to MLAs to vote in the Rajya Sabha Elections.

Jyoti has refused to acknowledge the plea by AAP MLAs to drop the cases against them in June a year ago.

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