AAP CORNERED AS EC RECOMMENDS DISQUALIFICATION OF 20 MLAS, PRESIDENT OF INDIA BOUND TO ACT AS PER RULE BOOK

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The Hush Post: In a big blow to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Election Commission has recommended disqualification of its 20 MLAs, almost two years after the Delhi High Court set aside their appointments. The Election Commission of India is learnt to have recommended the matter to the President of India. The President is bound to go by the recommendation of the commission.

Indian leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal listens during a press conference in Amritsar on December 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Narinder NANU

The Election Commission said by being parliamentary secretaries, they held office of profit and were liable to be disqualified as MLAs of the Delhi Assembly. The disqualification of the legislators is expected to pave the way for byelections in Delhi.

In cases, a petition is made seeking disqualification of lawmakers, the President sends a reference to the EC, which decides on the case by sending back its opinion. In the present situation it doesn’t hold true because the EC is itself making the recommendation.

One of the MLAs recommended for disqualification has already resigned. The election authority refused to speak on the issue saying the matter was “sub judice”. News channels quoted AAP as calling the development a “BJP conspiracy” and claimed that the Election Commission had not given it a chance to be heard. The party spokespersons have said that it would appeal the order in court.

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