Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Photograph:( DNA )
President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday approved a recommendation by the Election Commission (EC) to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs for allegedly holding offices of profit.
Election Commission on Friday asked President Kovind to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs for being parliamentary secretaries.
The disqualification will not endanger the Arvind Kejriwal government but its numbers will come down to 45 in the 70-seat Delhi Assembly. The party would still enjoy a comfortable majority in the assembly.
Unfortunate that the President took the decision in such haste, without giving us chance to speak. It's an act of Centre using constitutional institutions. We've trust on judiciary. Doors of HC & SC is open for us.: Alka Lamba, one of the 20 disqualified AAP MLAs #OfficeOfProfit pic.twitter.com/BckXd6C11U— ANI (@ANI) January 21, 2018
Meanwhile, the case of disqualification of AAP MLAs is up for hearing at the Delhi High Court on Monday.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with the 20 MLAs at his residence on Saturday, 20 January.
A Government of India notification on Sunday, 21 January, said that President Kovind has approved EC recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs from Delhi Assembly pic.twitter.com/UhCJEj9eKl— WION (@WIONews) January 21, 2018