Mamata Banerjee slams EC for recommending disqualification of AAP MLAs

Mamata Banerjee slams EC for recommending disqualification of AAP MLAs

Mamata Banerjee slams EC for recommending disqualification of AAP MLAs

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.

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, when they made a decision to approach the president. "Even if justice was denied us in the court, we will go to the people's court which is the biggest court", he said.

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs on grounds of holding an office of profit as parliamentary secretaries.

Earlier on Friday, the Delhi High Court had refused to give any relief to the 20 AAP MLAs whose names were recommended for the disqualification by the EC for holding "office of profit".

If they are disqualified, AAP would have to fight again in these seat for which poll will be conducted in the six months after the notification.

In fact, this is the stance that CM Kejriwal and his party members have consistently held, saying appointments violate no rules because there is no salary that's drawn by any of the AAP legislators as parliamentary secretaries. There were no parliamentary secretary posts.

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The AAP and Kejriwal stood exposed before the people, Patra said.

The BJP was quick to question if the AAP government had any "moral right" left after the EC's recommendation to the president.

Both the Congress and the BJP slammed the AAP.

BJP leader Sambit Patra tweeted: "Those who started their political journey against corruption are themselves corrupt". Though 20 MLAs have been disqualified it will not lose its majority. Then Kejriwal introduced the Bill without seeking prior approval from LG (remember Delhi is a partial state and LG is the executive head).

"The recommendation on the 20 legislators is subjudice", the EC said and denied to comment on what the panel body conveyed to President Ram Nath Kovind.

According to them, when the Delhi government took the decision to appoint parliamentary secretaries, the order clearly stated that they will not be given remuneration of even one rupee. Disqualification of the MLAs will not threaten immediate existence of the AAP Government but by-elections in these seats could be a referendum on Kejrriwal administration. Alka Lamba, AAP MLA from Chandani Chowk, said all 20 AAP MLAs have sought appointment with the president at individual level. I have nothing personal against Arvind Kejriwal or these AAP MLAs.

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