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Disqualify six TRS MLAs: Congress

Disqualify six TRS MLAs: Congress

The Congress on Sunday accused the BJP and the Election Commission for delaying the disqualification of 20 MLAs of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the office of profit case.

Reacting sharply to the move, senior party leader Ashutosh said, "President's order to disqualify AAP MLAs is unconstitutional and unsafe for democracy".

The Election Commission had on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

The AAP MLAs were appointed parliamentary secretaries and their appointment was described as them holding offices of profit by a petitioner.

Otherwise we would have been nothing.

AAP legislators, who had moved the Delhi High Court on Friday, did not get interim relief. Since the President has accepted the recommendation of the EC, the poll panel is bound to announce byelections for these 20 Assembly seats within six months.




Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday termed disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs as correct and asserted that misuse of power will not be entertained.

It was displeased by the MLAs' conduct of telling the poll panel not to go ahead with the matter as the issue has been challenged in the HC.

The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls previous year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution. "The doors of the courts are open to us". A person will be disqualified if he holds an office of profit under the central or state government, other than an office declared not to disqualify its holder by a law passed by Parliament or state legislature. But former President Pranab Mukherjee had refused to approve the measure, and had referred a private petition in the matter to the EC. It is an act of Centre using constitutional institutions.

The AAP still holds a 11-seat majority in the 70-member state assembly.

The Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, BJP's Vijender Gupta said, "Kejriwal should take moral responsibility for disqualification of his MLAs". The case is listed for a hearing on Monday.

Alka Lamba, who is among the 20 AAP MLAs disqualified, said the decision was "painful" and the president should have heard them out before arriving at any conclusion.


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