AAP MLA’s office of profit case: The Election Commission has recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in the office of profit case against them. The EC has sent its recommendation to the President Ram Nath Kovind. As per reports, the Election Commission has found “hard proof” against the AAP MLAs in the case. The fate of AAP MLAs is now in the hands of the President. AAP leaders have reacted sharply to the incident with AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj accusing the EC of working according to PM Narendra Modi’s wishes. In March last year, the Election Commission had reserved its order on the plea of AAP MLAs that it should drop the case of the office of profit against them as their appointment as parliamentary secretaries has already been set aside by the Delhi High Court. As many as 21 AAP MLAs were facing prospects of disqualification for allegedly holding the office of profit.
- Disqualified AAP MLA Alka Lamba claimed that EC took a unilateral decision
- Arvind Kejriwal calls emergency meeting of AAP MLAs at his residence.
— News18 (@CNNnews18) January 19, 2018
- We demanded copy of the letter but we have got nothing from the Election Commission. There has been no hearing. The matter is sub judice in the high court: Rajesh Gupta, Aam Aadmi Party MLA who has reportedly been disqualified in Office of Profit case
- From “India against Corruption” to “I am Corruption”, Aam Aadmi Party has covered the journey in a short time. Do they still have morality to stay in government in Delhi?: Sambit Patra, BJP Spokesperson on reports of disqualification of 20 MLAs of AAP by the Election Commission.
- His arrogance of numbers made him take the Constitution of India for granted: Sambit Patra, BJP
- Arvind Kejriwal must resign on moral grounds: Sambit Patra, BJP
- Arvind Kejriwal rules in an autocratic way, he does what he likes. He has done injustice to Delhi, the city which gave him such a huge mandate: Sambit Patra, BJP
- They came to the throne promising to uproot corruption but they are biggest corrupt themselves: Sambit Patra, BJP
- There is no credible information. All reports are based on sources. I want to ask if people from constituencies of these 21 MLAs have seen them utilising government facilities like car, house or salary.No hearing has been held before EC until now: Saurabh Bhardwaj, Aam Aadmi Party
- AAP accuses CEC of taking the decision just to please PM Narendra Modi
- Expelled AAP MLA Kapil Mishra claims that all this has happened due to the greed of Arvind Kejriwal.
- Aam Aadmi Party approached Delhi High Court against Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify their 20 MLAs in Office of Profit case.
- BJP leader Manoj Tiwari welcomes EC’s decision, says Arvind Kejriwal must resign.
- AAP leader Ashutosh has accused the EC of being a ‘letter box of the PMO’ in a tweet.
EC SHOULD NOT BE THE LETTER BOX OF THE PMO.. but that is a reality today.
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) January 19, 2018
Better late than never, EC Election disqualifies 20 AAP MLAs for holding ‘office of profit’. The AAP govt has much to answer to the public for their political impropriety as Delhi is headed for mid-term #elections. Will request Hon’ble President for speedy approval, says BJP leader Vijender Gupta, in a tweet.
- AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj said that according to the principles of natural justice worldwide, the person against whom a case is registered, must be heard before a conclusion is reached. He alleged that the EC never heard the case fully and hastened to take the decision.
— News18 (@CNNnews18) January 19, 2018
- AAP leader Saurav Bharadwaj launches a direct attack on Election Commissioner A K Joti, calls him Modi’s aide. “This is Joti’s last conspiracy before his retirement”, says Bharadwaj.
- BJP compromising Election Commission. This a BJP appointed Election Commission. Has anyone seen any government vehicle with these 20 MLAs, has anyone seen them taking a salary from the government?: Saurav Bharadwaj, AAP leader
- If AAP loses 20 MLAs, Delhi will witness a mini assembly election.
- Congress to march to Kejriwal’s office and seek his resignation, as per TV reports.
- AAP has no right to remain in office now. AAP MLAs should resign: Congress leader Ajay Maken
- The version of AAP MLAs were not heard by the Election Commission claims AAP, as per TV reports.
- Recommendation on AAP MLAs is sub judice, will not comment on what recommendation has been given to the President: Election Commission on reports of disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in Office of Profit case, as per ANI.
- AAP will reportedly move Delhi High Court against the decision, as per TV reports.
- Delhi may see a mini-poll if the president decides against the MLAs.
- In October laster year, President Ram Nath Kovind had rejected a petition seeking disqualification of AAP MLA Surendra Singh as a lawmaker for allegedly holding office of profit after an opinion of the Election Commission. The petition had alleged that Singh had been earning profit from the Public Works Department of the Delhi government as well as from New Delhi Municipal Council
The president had said the poll panel had opined that Singh was not holding an ‘office’ under the government within the meaning of section 15(1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, as he was a member of the NDMC by virtue of the NDMC Act and the government had no role in its appointment or dismissal.
- AAP is reportedly waiting for the President’s decision.
- Confirmed! EC has disqualified 20 AAP MLAs. This is a big shock for AAP government in Delhi as the state may soon be headed for a mini-election.
- The EC has reportedly sent its decision to the President.