New Delhi, February 14: “Put all our MLAs and ministers in jail, but please clear the files quickly,” was Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s message to Lieutenant Governor on Wednesday on the occasion of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s third anniversary. The relationship between the Delhi government and the BJP-led Union government was never a smooth one with constant bickering with Lieutenant Governor.
In the last three years, the tussle between the Kejriwal government and the L-G office has grabbed headlines on several occasions. Kejriwal has often accused the L-G office of working on the directives of the Modi government at the Centre.
Kejriwal along with his ministers presented the government’s report card in an event organised at New Delhi Municipal Council’s convention centre. They answered questions raised by people on Facebook, Twitter, email or call. (Also Read: Who Should Have Final Say — LG or Elected Govt? Asks Kejriwal)
The AAP came to power in the national capital in 2015 with a thumping majority by winning 67 out of 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly. The party formed minority government in 2013 for a short stint of 49 days and resigned following lack of support on key issues.
The trouble is far from over for the AAP as the Election Commission had recommended the disqualifications of 20 AAP MLAs in the office of profit case. On January 19, the poll panel had made the recommendation for the disqualification of the 20 legislators, which was given assent by the President. On the very next day, the Ministry of Law and Justice issued a notification that the President held that the 20 MLAs stand disqualified under Section 15(1)(a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) Act.
The EC had made the recommendation while deciding a plea by advocate Prashant Patel, who had sought disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs for holding the office of parliamentary secretaries, which he had said amounted to office of profit.
The proceedings against Jarnail Singh were dropped after he resigned as the Rajouri Garden MLA to contest the Punjab Assembly polls. (Also Read: Arvind Kejriwal Blames L-G Appointed ‘Useless’ Officer for Deaths Due to Cold in Delhi)
The 20 MLAs include Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka), Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk), Anil Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar), Avtar Singh (Kalkaji), Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh) — who is also a minister — Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar), Manoj Kumar (Kondli), Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli), Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar), Praveen Kumar (Jangpura).
The others are Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur), Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri), Sanjeev Jha (Burari), Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar), Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar), Sharad Kumar (Narela), Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar), Sukhbir Singh (Mundka), Vijendar Garg (Rajinder Nagar) and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar).
With inputs from PTI