AAP not given chance to speak, President's intervention required: Sisodia


Addressing reporters here, the party's legislature wing leader A Anbalagan said, "The development in New Delhi is directly applicable to Puducherry where the legislators belonging to the ruling Congress and its ally the DMK are holding "office of profits" such as chairmen of government- owned undertakings and Parliamentary Secretary".

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said a Constitutional body can not be used for political vendetta.

The 20 MLAs had a meeting with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Sisodia, and other senior AAP leaders at the chief minister's residence on Saturday, when they chose to approach the president.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday claimed that the Election Commission's (EC) recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP lawmakers as unconstitutional and have now chose to ask president Ram Nath Kovind to hear them out before signing any formal orders.

The Election Commission Friday recommended to the President the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs on grounds that they have held office of profit alongside being legislators.

AAP can not hide its "political crookedness" by hiding behind its predecessor Sheila Dixit doing the same thing in 2006 with19 MLAs. There were no parliamentary secretary posts.

Underlining the AAP's connect with people, Rai said, "We are not afraid of elections".

He also called the recommendation made by the EC as "unconstitutional and undemocratic".

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The BJP, according to sources, would depend upon a strategy based more on the alleged failures of the AAP government over its "three-plus years in power" instead of the party per se.

BJP leader Sambit Patra tweeted: "Those who started their political journey against corruption are themselves corrupt".

"This move to disqualify MLAs comes just a year ahead of Lok Sabha polls and the Congress should understand that the Opposition should stand together".

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". Alka Lamba, AAP MLA from Chandani Chowk, said all 20 AAP MLAs have sought appointment with the president at individual level.

The Delhi High Court, which heard the petition of the disqualified AAP MLAs, will take up the case on Monday after there is clarity on whether the President has given his assent to the Commission's recommendation.

Reacting furiously to the EC order, AAP claimed the Chief Election Commissioner was trying to destabilise its government at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said the BJP stands prepared for elections "any moment".

Arvind Kejriwal's, Aam Admi Party has suffered a severe blow from the election commission, that could be another set for him as well.