Led by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party leaders are coming down heavily on the Election Commission of India and are even not sparing President Ram Nath Kovind over the issue of disqualification of its 20 MLAs. While party chief Kejriwal has slammed EC decision, leaders from other parties have also come in support of Delhi-based party. “EC decision to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs is undemocratic and selective in procedure and substance. It does not enhance the credibility of the election commission as an autonomous, independent, impartial body. We strongly oppose the decision of the EC,” Brinda Karat of CPI(M) had said recently. However, surprisingly, two leaders from the BJP have also joined the brigade rallying behind AAP. Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha and senior party leader Yashwant Sinha have gone away from the party line to support AAP.
Yashwant Sinha, who has been critical of Modi government’s policies, has termed the President’s order as a miscarriage of natural justice. “President’s order disqualifying the 20 AAP MLAs is complete miscarriage of natural justice. No hearing, no waiting for High Court’s order. It is Tughluqshahi of the worst order,” the former finance minister said on Sunday. While Shatrughan Sinha has termed the disqualification as politics of vendetta.
Usually critical of Narendra Modi government’s policies, Patna Sahib MP congratulated Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party. In a series of tweets, he wrote, “Hope wish & pray that you get divine justice soon, sooner the better. ‘AAP’ ki team aur khaas kar ‘AAP’ ko bahut bahut badhaai. Remember, when the going gets tough the tough get going. Satyameva Jayate! Jai Hind! (sic).” The Patna Sahib MP added that politics of vendetta or politics of vested interests don’t last long. “‘AAP’ Aaye, ‘AAP’ Chhaye, ‘AAP’ hi ‘AAP’ Charcha ke Vishaye (talk of the town)!! Ghar ghar mein, Har khabar mein, Toh phir kis baat ki fikar ‘AAP’ ko? politics of vendetta or politics of vested interests just don’t last long. Don’t worry, be happy! (sic)” Sinha wrote.
In a big decision, President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday approved Election Commission’s decision to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs in Office of Profit case. Following the decision, AAP’s earlier tally of 66 MLAs in the assembly has been reduced to 46 MLAs. The decision also pushes national capital to a by-election for the 20 seats.
Earlier, the 20 disqualified AAP MLAs had sought appointment from President Kovind to present their views, however, they didn’t get time, party leader Gopal Rai has said.On Friday, Election Commission had asked the President to disqualify the 20 MLAs on the charges of holding offices of profit, setting the stage for their ouster.