Delhi Congress will run a week-long campaign in the 21 Assembly constituencies in the city where sitting AAP MLAs are facing disqualification over the alleged office of profit issue, to demand their resignation.
During the door-to-door campaign from June 19-26 Congress workers will visit household in all these constituencies and collect signatures of people favouring resignation of these sitting AAP legislators who have been appointed as parliamentary secretaries to Delhi government ministers, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said.
The campaign will make people aware about the appointment of the 21 MLAs as Parliamentary secretaries “against the rules” and seek their support to demand their resignation following “rejection” of the Delhi government bill for validating the appointments by the central government, he said.
“One of the major issues of the Anna Hazare movement in which Kejriwal was at the forefront, was the right to recall the elected representatives. Why he is not asking for resignation of the 21 MLAs and shying away from holding elections in these constituencies,” Maken said in a statement.
Maken claimed that he was also a Parliamentary secretary to the then chief minister Sheila Dikshit but he only assisted her in the legislative work.
“The 21 MLAs were appointed as parliamentary secretaries with perks to keep the flock together as Kejriwal feared that they would break away from the AAP like Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan,” he alleged.
The AAP government in March had appointed 21 MLAs as Parliamentary secretaries. However, when the appointments were challenged by opposition BJP and Congress, the government passed a bill in Delhi Assembly in June which was turned down by the President recently.
The Election Commission which is seized of the matter will take a final call on the question of disqualification.