A big setback for Aam Aadmi Party in the power of Delhi. In the case of office of profit, membership of 20 AAP MLAs has been canceled. President Ramnath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s decision. On Friday, the Election Commission had recommended to the President that 20 MLAs would be disqualified. The Election Commission believed that the MLAs of ‘AAP’ came under the purview of the office of profit.
Earlier, after reports of 20 MLAs being disqualified by the Election Commission, the Aam Aadmi Party had questioned the procedure of the Commission. Party spokesman Saurabh Bharadwaj had said that no legislator was on the post of profit. No one had a car, no bungalow, no one was given a rupee salary. Saurabh also said that no one has proof of this, nor does any bank transaction show that any money was taken or given. How can this be the post of profit?
The Bharatiya Janata Party also gave its reaction to the Election Commission’s decision. Former Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said that the public is seeing corruption of ‘AAP’. The corruption of the government is exposed. There is no justification for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to continue in office.
– On March 13, 2015, 21 legislators were appointend parliamentary secretaries.
– In May 2015, a PIL was filed before the Election Commission.
– On 19th June 2015, Prashant Patel applied to the President to cancel the membership of these secretaries.
– On September 8, 2016, the court dismissed appointments as 21 parliamentary secretaries of ‘AAP’ legislators. The court had found that the appointments of these MLAs were given without the consent of the Lt. Governor.
– The complaint was sent to the Election Commission on June 22, 2017. It was said in the complaint that this is a ‘Post of Profit’ and hence ‘AAP’ should cancel the membership of the legislators. Then the EC summoned ‘AAP’ MLAs to keep their side and gave them about six months time.