AAP was quick to hit out at the EC, and said that it was acting at the behest of BJP-led Central government. Most unfortunate. This goes against the principles of natural justice.
In a major development, the Delhi High Court on Friday took note of the petition filed by the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs which challenged the recommendations by the Election Commission for disqualifying 20 of its lawmakers for holding office of profit.
Spurred by the news of Election Commission's recommendation for disqualification of 20 ruling AAP MLAs in the office of profit case, the Delhi Congress today got down to planning for possible bypolls in the affected constituencies, party sources said. While some felt he should have disposed off the case long ago, others felt he should have at least given the AAP notice before handing out his order.
Sisodia also reiterated that the 20 MLAs, who were appointed parliamentary secretaries, were not paid a 'single rupee'. They have subverted the constitutional norms of the government in the capital and misused the official machinery appointing parliamentary secretaries and total disregardance of the laid down norms, rules and regulation concerning the government.
Reacting to the recommendation AAP said the Election Commission was insinuated into such action by the prime minister. This brought a lot of negative publicity to AAP and its convener Arvind Kejriwal as the expelled duo were not only the founding members of the party but also eminent personalities in their own right. He said the BJP stands prepared for elections "any moment".
The disqualification will not put into jeopardy Kejriwal's government because of its huge majority in the Delhi assembly.
In the present case, the petition was made to disqualify 21 MLAs, but one resigned a few months back.
BJP's Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari, too, said the party was prepared for elections any moment. If in such a scenario, EC recommended to disqualify them, then it is unconstitutional, ' the senior AAP leader told reporters here. "Shouldn't Arvind Kejriwal resign?"
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".
"We have sought an appointment with the President".
AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal, however, maintained a stoic silence throughout Friday, which he broke only later in the evening with a tweet.