20 AAP MLAs disqualified, President gives assent to EC recommendation

In a big blow to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, 20 MLAs of the party were disqualified in office-of-profit case with President Ram Nath Kovind approving the Election Commission’s recommendation in this regard.

A Gazette notification of the Government said, the 20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified in office-of-profit case.

“In the light of the opinion expressed by the Election Commission (EC), the 20 members of the Delhi legislative assembly have been disqualified,” a notification issued by the law ministry quoted the President as saying.

In a communication to the President on Friday, the EC had asked for disqualification of these MLAs on the grounds that they held offices of profit while occupying the post of parliamentary secretaries between March 13, 2015 and September 8, 2016.

The disqualification of the MLAs, however, does not pose threat to Kejriwal government in Delhi, which has 66 MLAs in the 70-member Assembly. Reacting to the government notification, Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said AAP will go to court over the matter.


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