Hours after EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs, Anna Hazare says not in contact with Arvind Kejriwal anymore

By: | Published: January 19, 2018 10:59 PM

Anna Hazare said that the nation cannot be served by forming party and had this been the case scenario of the country could have been different today.

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On a day that saw the Election Commission recommending the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding an “office of profit,” social activist Anna Hazare who was once with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in movement against corruption, said that the nation cannot be served by forming ‘party and had this been the case scenario of the country could have been different today. “We parted our ways the day Arvind Kejriwal formed Aam Aadmi Party. We are not in contact anymore. I had told him not to form a party. The nation can’t be served by forming a party, had that been the case, the scenario would have been different in 70 years of independence,” he said while speaking to reporters.

In the meantime, the Delhi High Court on Friday while taking note of the petition filed by the AAP MLAs challenging Election Commission’s recommendation. It asked the counsel for EC to inform it urgently whether any such recommendation was made by the poll body to the President.

Hearing the petition, Justice Rekha Palli asked the counsel for Election Commision to inform it about the recommendation so that the hearing can be resumed at the earliest.

Earlier in the day, the election body recommended the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs to the President for allegedly holding offices of profit. The EC, in its opinion, said that by being parliamentary secretaries, they held the office of profit and were liable to be removed as MLAs of the Delhi Assembly.

In the meantime, coming in support of Arvind Kejriwal and other party leaders, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today criticised the election body for recommending disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs and said a poll body cannot be used for any kind of political vendetta. She also expressed support to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.

“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 strong with @arvindkejriwal and his team,” she tweeted.

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