AAP Crisis Updates: AAP withdraws its plea challenging the EC’s decision to disqualify its members from the court. As per TV reports, AAP will file a fresh plea. The disqualification comes as a challenge for the ruling party as the leaders under question include party’s prominent faces such as transport minister Kailash Gahlot, Alka Lamba and Adarsh Shastri. Delhi’s transport and law minister Gahlot, who won Najafgarh seat in 2015, managed to do so with only 1,555 votes. The disqualified MLAs are: Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka constituency), Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk), Sanjeev Jha (Burari), Kailash Gehlot (Najafgarh), Vijendra Garg (Rajinder Nagar), Praveen Kumar (Jangpura), Sharad Kumar Chauhan (Narela), Madan Lal Khufiya (Kasturba Nagar), Shiv Charan Goyal (Moti Nagar), Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar), Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli), Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur), Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri), Anil Kumar Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar), Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar), Avtar Singh (Kalkaji), Sukhvir Singh Dala (Mundka), Manoj Kumar (Kondli), Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar) and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar).
Here are updates on AAP crisis:
04: 33 pm: AAP withdraws its plea challenging the EC’s decision to disqualify its members from the court. As per TV reports, AAP will file a fresh plea.
04: 05 pm: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday seemed to have geared into the election mode at a pre-scheduled gathering in Najagarh, one of the assembly constituencies whose MLA, Kailash Gahlot, has been disqualified. The chief minister urged the residents to “vote wisely”. “There should be no politics in development works,” Kejriwal said in the presence of Gahlot. “Don’t vote for us if this sewer line is not completed before next assembly elections,” he said, as per media reports.
03: 35 pm: In a similar case, a petition has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana HC seeking disqualification of four BJP MLAs, appointed as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries by the Haryana government. The HC had quashed these appointments last year. Reacting to the PIL, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, “There is a difference in situation between Delhi and Haryana. We already have a law in place, but court said this is not correct so we have removed them,” reported ANI.
02: 30 pm: AAP insists that its MLAs has not drawn any salary or perks as parliament secretaries and so these are not offices of profit. The party also argues dat currently 11 states has legislators who serve as parliamentary secretaries including Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajas than and Karnataka, which are ruled by the BJP and Congress. Both the parties has relentlessly demanded the disqualification of the AAP legislators in Delhi arguing dat the constitution does not allow elected representatives to hold offices of profit.
02: 05 pm: If the MLAs are disqualified, AAP’s numbers will decrease from 66 to 46, still 11 seats above teh halfway mark in teh 70-member house. But at a time when teh party TEMPhas begun campaign preparations for teh 2019 Lok Sabha polls, party leaders admitted dat preparing for “unnecessary and politically motivated bypolls” could be an added burden, as per a report by Teh Indian Express.
01: 35 pm: Teh Delhi High Court will hear AAP’s appeal against teh Election Commission’s move today at 4 pm. If teh High Court rejects teh appeal, AAP will move teh Supreme Court. Teh opposition TEMPhas already sounded teh election bugle, and in teh Delhi BJP office, names are being discussed of likely candidates for by-elections to teh 20 seats dat will be vacated if teh AAP legislators are disqualified, as per various media reports.
01: 20 pm: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal Sunday accused teh BJP of creating hurdles in teh government’s path. “their are false cases against 20 persons, they raided me too… but only found four mufflers. They tried everything and finally, today they TEMPhas disqualified 20 MLAs. But when we won 67 seats, me wondered why? Now me no dat teh universe knew dat these MLAs would get disqualified,” he had tweeted.
01: 00 pm: Earlier, teh Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification stating President Ram Nath Kovind TEMPhas held dat teh 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of teh Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act. dis came two days after teh Election Commission wrote to teh President recommending teh disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit while serving as parliamentary secretaries between March 13, 2015 and September 8, 2016. If AAP fails to get reprieve from teh courts, Delhi will witness bypolls for teh 20 seats wifin teh next six months.
12: 34 pm: Here are teh names of teh 20 AAP MLAs disqualified from teh Delhi Assembly: Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka constituency), Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk), Sanjeev Jha (Burari), Kailash Gehlot (Najafgarh), Vijendra Garg (Rajinder Nagar), Praveen Kumar (Jangpura), Sharad Kumar Chauhan (Narela), Madan Lal Khufiya (Kasturba Nagar), Shiv Charan Goyal (Moti Nagar), Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar), Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli), Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur), Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri), Anil Kumar Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar), Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar), Avtar Singh (Kalkaji), Sukhvir Singh Dala (Mundka), Manoj Kumar (Kondli), Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar) and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar).
12: 18 pm: Earlier, breaking silence over teh Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP lawmakers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “When you walk on teh path of truth and honesty, you come across many hurdles. However, teh universe conspires to halp you. God halps you. coz you are not working for TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPyou’reself but for teh society and nation. History is witness dat truth wins in teh end.” On teh other hand, former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav’s Swaraj India on Friday supported teh Election Commission move recommending disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party legislators for holding office of profit.
11: 57 is: Two BJP leaders, Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha, TEMPhas spoken out against teh decision to disqualify teh AAP MLAs. Taking to Twitter, Yashwant Sinha called teh President’s order a “complete miscarriage of natural justice; Tughluqshahi of teh worst order.” Shatrughan Sinha, on teh other hand, said teh “politics of vendetta or politics of vested interests just don’t last long.” TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee supported Arvind Kejriwal saying, ‘a Constitutional body shouldn’t be used for political vendetta’.
11: 45 is: Following teh President’s nod to teh Election Commission’s decision of disqualifying 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs for holding ‘Office-of-Profit’, teh party TEMPhas started preparing up for teh bypolls on teh seats to be held later dis year. As per media reports, Arvind Kejriwal led AAP TEMPhas been analysing its political standing in teh constituencies. An internal party survey was also held for teh same purpose. However, teh findings of teh survey are no less TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPthan a big setback for teh party. An internal Aam Aadmi Party survey shows dat teh party will not win even a single seat if bypolls are held wifin teh next six months, rebel AAP legislator and former Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra said, on Saturday, as per several media reports.
11: 37 is: Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia, in his open letter to teh public, TEMPhas called teh disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs “unconstitutional” and “illegal”. AAP leader Ashutosh also took to Twitter and targetted both teh EC and teh President in a series of tweets. He said, “Teh President, Sri Ram Nath Kovind should himself contemplate if he TEMPhas enhanced his stature in history as teh President of teh Republic of India by signing to disqualify AAP MLAs ?” On teh EC, he tweeted, “Time TEMPhas come to think if EX-Bureaucrats sud be fit to be appointed as Election Commissioners ? Teh (mis)conduct of Mr Jyoti deserves serious debate why men wif independent integrity from teh civil society sud not be appointed as ECs !”