AAP To Appeal Against Disqualification Of 20 MLAs In Delhi HC Today

| January 22 , 2018 , 08:57 IST

A day after President Ram Nath Kovind signed off on the Election Commission recommendation of disqualifying 20 legislators of Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to approach the Delhi High Court on Monday.

Although AAP had approached the Delhi High Court on Friday, within hours of the Election Commission's recommendation for the MLAs to be disqualified, the judge said that an order can be passed only after the court sees the recommendation letter.

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The AAP legislators were disqualified for holding 'offices of profit' as they were appointed parliamentary secretaries by CM Kejriwal, despite the party insisting that the MLAs have not drawn any perks as parliament secretaries and so they are not in offices of profit.

AAP also pointed out that currently there are legislators serving as parliamentary secretaries in 11 states, including Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka, ruled by the Congress and the BJP.

While the appointment of parliamentary secretaries was challenged in Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Goa, their appointments were cancelled but the MLAs were not sacked.

Meanwhile, AAP, BJP and the Congress are reportedly preparing for the by-polls for 20 seats that would be vacated if the AAP MLAs are disqualified, and the legal recourse does not prove effective. The by-polls would take place within a span of 6 months.

AAP is said to be focusing on a simple strategy for the by-polls, to appeal to Delhi voters that AAP is being singled out and is a victim of a giant conspiracy.