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EC recommends ouster of 20 AAP MLAs, HC refuses interim relief

21 January 2018

"The Election Commission recommending the disqualification of its 20 MLAs from the Delhi Assembly is one-sided and they have announced their recommendation without listening to our MLAs", Singh said in a press conference.

According to advocate Patel, EC gave a total 11 rounds of hearing to MLAs (another lie by AAP yesterday saying that EC did not hear to their MLAs). Blatant violation of principles of natural justice.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday claimed that the Election Commission's (EC) recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP lawmakers as unconstitutional and have now chose to ask president Ram Nath Kovind to hear them out before signing any formal orders.

AIADMK to write to EC to disqualify Pondy MLAs The AIADMK on Saturday said it would seek disqualification of the ruling Congress and DMK legislators in Puducherry "for holding office of profit", in view of the EC's to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs in New Delhi on similar grounds.

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If they are disqualified, AAP would have to fight again in these seat for which poll will be conducted in the six months after the notification. They argued that their appointments to the post of parliamentary secretary were already quashed, in 2016. The focus is now on the Chhattisgarh parliamentary secretaries and what they would do next.

Reacting to the recommendation AAP said the Election Commission was insinuated into such action by the prime minister.

Mamata announced her support on Friday, while CPM Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat denounced the poll panel's recommendation and called it "undemocratic and selective in procedure and substance".

From a party which came into existence in 2012 when anti-corruption crusaders, who were part of Anna Hazare's movement, joined hands, it must be said that AAP has made significant progress politically. Today (Friday), 20 others have been disqualified. "The disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs was his gift to Modi". Then Kejriwal introduced the Bill without seeking prior approval from LG (remember Delhi is a partial state and LG is the executive head).

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Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said the poll panel had allowed long adjournments to the MLAs during the hearings.

Jarnail Singh, MLA from Tilak Nagar constituency in Delhi, who is also one of the 20 MLAs recommended for disqualification, challenged the EC to prove if the legislators received benefits for holding office of profit.

"The MLAs and Ministers enjoying perks of power and foreign travel-Where is political probity?", Congress leader Ajay Maken tweeted.

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EC recommends ouster of 20 AAP MLAs, HC refuses interim relief