Delhi AAP crisis: Mamata Banerjee extends ‘strong’ support to Arvind Kejriwal, attacks EC for ‘political vendetta’

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New Delhi | Published: January 19, 2018 7:00 PM

Mamata Banerjee backs Arvind Kejriwal with her latest tweet. She said that a Constitutional body cannot be used for political vendetta. She also called the whole controversy over disqualification AAP MLAs as 'Most unfortunate' and added that this 'goes against the principles of natural justice'.

Amidst AAP MLAs disqualification row, Mamata Banerjee backs Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is currently facing a political turmoil due to the Election Commission (EC) recommendation to quash the MLA status of 20 AAP legislators in the office-of-profit case. As soon as EC recommendation was reported by media, political opponents of AAP chief Kejriwal started attacking him severely and demanding his resignation on moral grounds. However, amidst the row, Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has backed Arvind Kejriwal and promised strong support for Kejriwal and his team. In a tweet, Banerjee said, ” A Constitutional body cannot be used for political vendetta. The 20 AAP MLAs were not even given a hearing by the Hon EC. Most unfortunate. This goes against the principles of natural justice.At this hour we are strongly with @arvindkejriwal and his team.”

AAP leaders have openly accused Election Commissioner AK Joti of working according to PM Narendra Modi’s wishes. Now, with her tweet, Banerjee has apparently targetted the Bhartiya Janta Party, saying that a “Constitutional body (Election Commission) cannot be used for political vendetta.”

Mamata’s backing for Kejriwal comes at a time when even Delhi High Court has refused to grant interim relief to Aam Aadmi Party MLAs in Office of Profit case. Earlier today, the Election Commission of India recommended the disqualification of 20 AAP legislators for allegedly holding offices of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries. The petition against the AAP MLAs was filed by Delhi lawyer Prashant Patel.

Notably, AAP will not face any problem in running the Delhi government immediately, as the party has 67 out of 70 Assembly seats. The Congress, which currently has no member in the Delhi Assembly, said it is ready for the mid-term polls in 20 vacant seats.

Meanwhile, in West Bengal, ahead of the crucial panchayat polls scheduled later this year, BJP is emerging as a major rival for the ruling TMC in the state. The recent by-polls in Sabang also witnessed a surge in BJP vote share. However, TMC clinched the seat.

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