New Delhi, Jan 19: In his first reaction following the Election Commission’s recommendations of disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and said, “In the end, truth prevails”. “When you take the path of truth and honesty, you are expected to face hurdles. But all the visible and invisible powers in the universe come together to help you. God helps you. Because not for yourself, you work for the country and the society. History is the witness that in the end, the truth prevails,” he posted on social media.
Earlier on Friday, the Election Commission on Friday reportedly recommended disqualification of 20 party MLAs for holding “office of profit”. According to the reports, the recommendations were also sent to President Ram Nath Kovind for further action. Following which, the AAP MLAs moved the Delhi High Court seeking relief against this decision. However, the Delhi HC refused to give interim relief to the MLAs facing disqualification in the office of profit case.
The recommendations were sent on a complaint by the Congress party filed in June 2016. Mentioning names of 21 AAP MLAs, the grand old party had alleged that they had been appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government. (Also Read: AAP Slams EC, Moves HC Against Its Recommendation to Disqualify 20 Delhi MLAs)
The MLAs recommended for disqualification by the Election Commission are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh. Jarnail Singh resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly Elections 2017.
If disqualified from office, the move will pave a way for by-polls for 20 assembly constituencies. However, disqualification will not