Disqualification Of 20 AAP Lawmakers Highlights: We Want To Be Heard, Says Manish Sisodia

Once the President approves the EC's recommendation, by-elections will have to be held for the 20 assembly seats.

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Disqualification Of 20 AAP Lawmakers Highlights: We Want To Be Heard, Says Manish Sisodia

Arvind Kejriwal's AAP has faced major setback in Office of Profit case.

New Delhi:  The Election Commission's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP lawmakers gave a ray of hope to the Congress and BJP to target Arvind Kejriwal's AAP which emerged as a big political force seeking to fight corruption and bring probity in politics. The chief minister, in his first reaction this evening, tweeted, "In the end, truth shall prevail."

Once the President approves the EC's recommendation, by-elections will have to be held for the 20 assembly seats. The ruling AAP has a giant majority in the 70-member Delhi assembly with 66 seats and the disqualification will not endanger the Arvind Kejriwal government. It will come down to 46 seats, still comfortably across the half-way mark at 35.
 

Here are the latest developments on disqualification of AAP lawmakers:




Jan 20, 2018
20:10 (IST)
Amid office of profit controversy, AAP leader Gopal Rai today announced that a state-level meeting would be convened at its office in Delhi tomorrow to chalk out a plan for launching a mass agitation against the ongoing sealing drive in the city and the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). "We will take to the streets in large numbers for the
traders, who are being harassed, first through demonetisation,
then GST implementation and now the sealing drive," he was quoted as saying by PTI. 
Jan 20, 2018
18:02 (IST)
"I challenge the Election Commission to prove that we got even 1 rupee as salary, or even a house or car. We are ready to go to any court and if there is no option we will go to the people's court," Jarnail Singh, one of the AAP lawmakers reportedly disqualified by EC, was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.

Jan 20, 2018
16:51 (IST)
"There was no hearing, we were not given a chance to explain our stand. We appeal to the President to hear our view too. MLAs will meet President also," Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. 

Jan 20, 2018
16:35 (IST)
Former Delhi Chief Secretary Omesh Sehgal, commenting on the office of profit controversy, said, "In Constitution, it is written that any legislator or MP (member of parliament) cannot hold office and if they do then they will lose membership." 

"It does not matter whether office of profit it is small or not.  When you are fighting elections, these things clear and you resign. In Jaya Bachchan case, it has been gone to an extent that using servants and office will also be termed as office of profit," he was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI. 

Jan 20, 2018
16:29 (IST)
Aam Admi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal will address a party meeting at his residence at 4:30 pm today. 
Jan 20, 2018
13:52 (IST)
There is a question mark on decision of Election Commission.Questioning Election Commission is common when decisions like these come. Election Commission is itself responsible for it. : Sanjay Raut , Shiv Sena
Jan 20, 2018
13:34 (IST)
Jan 20, 2018
13:24 (IST)
Other states also have parliamentary secretaries and they all draw salaries... But despite this being one nation and one Constitution... Delhi is being treated differently, said AAP leader Gopal Rai 
Jan 20, 2018
13:21 (IST)
What is happening is dangerous for the country: Gopal Rai
  • What is happening is dangerous for the country... for a democracy 
  • The country will have to pay... (PM) Modi ji is breaking down all institutions...
  • Now listing the papers showing the last letter from EC which states... they were yet to inform AAP on the next date of hearing 
Jan 20, 2018
13:18 (IST)
  • This is the first time in the history of the country that such an unprecedented measure is been taken
  • What is the understanding behind this order, people of this country wants to know.
  • This is not the first time such allegations have been directed at AK Jyoti
  • Everyone knows that AK Joti is a "Khas admi" of PM Modi starting from his days in Gujarat.
Jan 20, 2018
13:01 (IST)
"Election Commission Working As BJP Agents"
Election Commission is working as agents of BJP, (PM) Modi, their work is one-sided
(Chief Election Commissioner) Achal Kumar Jyoti is being loyal to his master
Law and Constitution has been kept aside and a one-sided decision was taken
We will go to High Court
Jan 20, 2018
12:20 (IST)
Its very unfortunate and sad the action against 20 AAP MLAs, I had given certain suggestions earlier but I was told its the CM's prerogative to appoint people so I kept quiet: Kumar Vishvas to ANI
Jan 20, 2018
11:57 (IST)
The disqualification of 20 MLAs will not threaten the AAP government as it has 66 MLAs in the 70-member Assembly and would continue to be in majority even if these lawmakers are disqualified.
Jan 20, 2018
11:56 (IST)
The Congress was routed with none of its candidates being elected while the BJP managed to win only three seats. The BJP won another seat in bypolls later.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said Kejriwal has no "moral right" to continue in power and should resign. He also said the Delhi Congress will launch a 'Jan Andolan' from January 22 demanding the Kejriwal government's removal and expose him on the issue of corruption, on which he contested and won elections.
Jan 20, 2018
11:56 (IST)
Both the Congress and the BJP, which suffered badly in the AAP surge that almost wiped them out in the last assembly polls, said they were ready for elections.
Jan 20, 2018
11:55 (IST)
Arvind  Kejriwal and his party have insisted that the appointments violate no rules as none of the AAP legislators draw salaries as parliament secretaries. But rival parties the Congress and the BJP have argued that the posts allowed them perks and so were offices of profit.  
Jan 20, 2018
11:55 (IST)
AAP has alleged a conspiracy lashing out at the poll panel for its decision. "This is Modi's Election Commission," said AAP's Saurabh Bharadwaj.
Jan 20, 2018
11:54 (IST)
From far away Kolkata, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also tweeted her support: "A Constitutional body cannot be used for political vendetta... At this hour, we are strongly with Arvind Kejriwal and his team".
Jan 20, 2018
11:54 (IST)
Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party have been throwing punches at the Election Commission, or EC, after word got out about its recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs over office of profit. One leader called it a "fake encounter" through the EC, another described it as election body's chief repaying his debt to PM Narendra Modi and some others rushed to the High Court.
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