In a big setback for Arvind Kejriwal, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved Election Commission's recommendation of disqualifying 20 Aam Aami Party MLAs who were found guilty of 'office of profit'.
In a big setback for Arvind Kejriwal, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved Election Commission’s recommendation of disqualifying 20 Aam Aami Party MLAs who were found guilty of ‘office of profit’. The commission on Friday had written to the President for his approval. The 20 AAP legislators were accused of being unconstitutionally appointed as parliamentary secretaries to assist various ministers of the Delhi government.
Initially, the case was against 21 MLAs but later after Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh resigned to contest against Parkash Singh Badal in Punjab assembly elections, it was reduced to 20. The term ‘Office of Profit’ as per the Constitution bars Members of Parliament and MLAs from accepting government positions which carry some financial remuneration or any other benefit such as office space or even a car. Any violation of this provision will result in the disqualification of the legislator. The aim of this provision is to preserve the independence of the legislatures by keeping its members away from any temptations from the executive.
These are the 20 AAP MLAs the Election Commission has found guilty of ‘office of profit’:
1. Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli)
2. Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar)
3. Praveen Kumar (Jangpura)
4. Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar)
5. Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka)
6. Sanjeev Jha (Burari)
7. Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar)
8. Sukhvir Singh (Mundka)
9. Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar)
10. Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar)
11. Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk)
12. Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri)
13. Anil Kumar Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar)
14. Manoj Kumar (Kondli)
15. Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh)
16. Avtar Singh (Kalkaji)
17. Vijendar Garg Vijay (Rajinder Nagar)
18. Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur)
19. Sharad Kumar (Narela)
20. Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar)