Hours after news of the Election Commission of India (ECI) recommending disqualification of 20 AAP legislators for holding “office of profit” broke out, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that “hurdles naturally come when one walks on the path of truth”. “Hurdles do come when one walks on the path of truth and honesty. This is natural. But all the visible and invisible powers of the universe help you. God supports you, because you don’t work for yourself but for the nation and the society,” Kejriwal posted on Twitter. “History is witness that it is truth that wins in the end,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convenor added. Kejriwal followed his tweet with retweets of a few posts by NDTV journalist Ravish Kumar.
Ravish pointed out in his tweets that many states first appointed people on certain posts and then made laws retrospectively to keep those posts out of the purview of office of profit, and the court accepted this. “Similar bills were passed by Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Then why was not the law (regarding parliamentary secretaries) passed by Arvind Kejriwal government accepted?” Ravish said.
“Is AAP being discriminated against? In March 2015, Delhi government appoints 21 Parliamentary Secretaries. After two months Chhattisgarh’s Raman Singh government appoints 11 MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries. ECI has decided Delhi’s case but not of Chhattisgarh as yet,” he added.
“Since ‘office of profit’ is a case of constitutional morality, so why is this morality different in case of different states?” Ravish Kumar wrote on Twitter.