Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia today lashed out at the BJP and the Congress saying that no MLAs were holding any office of profit and warned those spreading false allegations. “There was no hearing, we were not given a chance to explain our stand. We appeal to the President to hear our view too, MLAs will meet President also,” Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister said. Sisodia also alleged that both the BJP and the Congress are jealous of AAP’s policy — like establishing mohalla clinic, low electricity and water charges. “Our MLAs didn’t earn a profit of Re 1,” he added. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also met senior leaders of the AAP at 3:30 PM.
AAP Delhi unit chief Gopal Rail alleged that the poll panel failed to give the party a hearing before sending its recommendations to President Ram Nath Kovind. “It is an undemocratic step. They are taking revenge from people of Delhi, the government and Chief Minister of Delhi,” he said. The AAP leader said the appointment of parliamentary secretaries had come up in 11 states, but only AAP was being targeted. “This is double standard. Doesn’t the constitution apply to all? We are being victimised. It is worse than British Raj,” he said. The case of disqualification of AAP MLAs is up for hearing at the Delhi High Court on Monday.
Yesterday, the Election Commission had recommended disqualifying 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. 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. 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.
The political attacks against the AAP continued. 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.”
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”.