As the Election Commission has recommended to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, the Congress and the BJP in Delhi were quick to demand the resignation of Arvind Kejriwal as chief minister. President Ramnath Kovind was appealed to disqualify the MLAs for holding offices of profit, setting the stage for their ouster from the Assembly. However, the disqualification of 20 MLAs will not threaten the AAP government as it has 66 MLAs in the 70-member Assembly and would continue to be in majority even if these lawmakers are disqualified. Reacting to the development, for the first time, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted saying though it is difficult to walk in the path of truth and righteousness as it leads to challenges and criticism but in the end, truth prevails.
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said Kejriwal has no “moral right” to continue in power and should resign. He also said the Delhi Congress will launch a ‘Jan Andolan’ from January 22 demanding the Kejriwal government’s removal and expose him on the issue of corruption, on which he contested and won elections. Maken added that, “Arvind Kejriwal has no moral right to be in power and he should resign. Half of his cabinet ministers have been removed on corruption charges and the remaining half are embroiled in corruption too. Twenty of his MLAs, who enjoyed ministerial perks, would be disqualified now.”
जब आप सच्चाई और ईमानदारी पर चलते हैं तो बहुत बाधाएँ आती हैं। ऐसा होना स्वाभाविक है। पर ब्रह्मांड की सारी दृश्य और अदृश्य शक्तियाँ आपकी मदद करती हैं। ईश्वर आपका साथ देता है। क्योंकि आप अपने लिए नहीं,देश और समाज के लिए काम करते हैं। इतिहास गवाह है कि जीत अंत में सचाई की होती है।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 19, 2018
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra claimed the Kejriwal government has become “lame duck”. He cited corruption and criminal cases against AAP MLAs to claim that the party which started its political journey from India Against Corruption movement has become “I am corruption”.
“Many of the Kejriwal cabinet members had to resign. Fifteen of their MLAs have cases against them and 12 were arrested on different charges. In this scenario, the biggest question before the people is whether the Arvind Kejriwal government has any moral right to remain in power,” Patra added.
Late in the evening, the Delhi High Court refused to grant interim relief to AAP. But it asked the ECI to inform the court by January 22 whether any final communication has been sent to Kovind on the disqualification of the MLAs.