Mamata Banerjee slams EC for recommending disqualification of AAP MLAs

Senior EC O.P. Rawat, the next in line CEC recused himself from the case as the AAP chief had raised doubts about independence of his functioning as he had worked with Madhya Pradesh CM in a media interview. The AAP insisted that despite holding the office these legislators did not take any salaries or perks.The development does not yet threaten the AAP government. Petitioners in the case argue that they have sufficient evidence for the disqualification of the MLAs. The court will hear the matter on Monday. The inclination made him pursue a degree in law from Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut.But how did he get the idea to file a petition to the president in connection with the "office of profit" matter? I want to ask do they use official bunglow or vehicle? "The Election Commission had justly held this move to be unconstitutional". Till now there has been no hearing in this case before the Election Commission. "Blatant violation of principles of natural justice". "The MLAs were not given opportunity to present evidence with them".

AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said: "Till now, there is no confirmation on the EC's recommendation". Sans the controversy around appointment, Delhi would have had more parliamentary secretaries (read MLAs with minister-like powers) than actual cabinet ministers.

At the Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi headquarters, late-night deliberations over the issue revolved around a "dismissal of the incumbent government" with "another 16 AAP MLAs" expected to "meet the same fate". "Aam Aadmi Party and the country want to know this", Rai said. He had created 21 parliamentary secretary posts to please his restive MLAs, which led to filing of complaints before the EC.

According to them, when the Delhi government took the decision to appoint parliamentary secretaries, the order clearly stated that they will not be given remuneration of even one rupee.

But is this the whole story?

"AK Joti was the principal secretary under (the then Gujarat Chief Minister) Narendra Modi and then the chief secretary of Gujarat".

The battle that's now legendary has been seen as subverting the Constitution repeatedly, and the LG, particularly the previous office-bearer Najeeb Jung, had been accused of acting like Centre's man in the NCR, colliding with the Delhi government of Arvind Kejriwal and scuttling its administration in myriad ways.

The disqualification will not put Kejriwal's government in jeopardy because of its huge majority in the Delhi Assembly.


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