Delhi HC refuses interim relief to disqualified AAP MLAs

Congress BJP demand CM Arvind Kejriwal quit after EC recommends disqualification of 20 MLAs

Congress BJP demand CM Arvind Kejriwal quit after EC recommends disqualification of 20 MLAs

"If they have disqualified the AAP MLAs in Delhi, why are the Chhattisgarh MLAs being allowed to continue?" said Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo.

In response to the Election Commission's notices in March 2016, the AAP had passed a Bill amending the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997 to exempt the post of parliamentary secretary from the definition of the "office of profit".

The Election Commission has recommended that 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs embroiled in the office of profit case be disqualified. The legislators then went to the Election Commission arguing that since the High Court had declared their appointment null and void, the poll panel could not hear a petition against them for holding an office that never existed.

All these MLAs moved the Delhi high court challenging the EC's recommendation but Justice Rekha Palli refused to pass any interim order.

For the second day in a row, Maken attacked the AAP after the EC recommended that 20 AAP legislators be disqualified for holding offices of profit.

From a party which came into existence in 2012 when anti-corruption crusaders, who were part of Anna Hazare's movement, joined hands, it must be said that AAP has made significant progress politically.

"History is a witness that at the end truth always triumphs", the Delhi Chief Minister said in a tweet in his first reaction on the matter.

The case of disqualification of AAP MLAs is up for hearing at the Delhi High Court on Monday.

AAP was quick to hit out at the EC, and said that it was acting at the behest of BJP-led Central government.

Initially, the case was against 21 MLAs but it now stands at 20 after Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh resigned to contest against Parkash Singh Badal in the Punjab Assembly elections a year ago. According to the EC, the 20 MLAs had been functioning as parliamentary secretaries.

When asked, Ms. Lamba told The Hindu "all 70 MLAs of Delhi are given office space in their constituency".

If the president gives his assent, the disqualification of the legislators would pave the way for elections in Delhi.

Once the president accepts the recommendation, byelections will have to be held for 20 assembly seats.