New Delhi, Jan 21: After the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi, the Congress is seeking removal of 11 legislators of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Chhattisgarh. The party accused BJP MLAs of holding office of profit after they were appointed parliamentary secretaries in the Chhattisgarh government. The Congress, citing the example of Delhi, petitioned the Election Commission and Raipur High Court for their disqualification. The court will be hearing the matter soon. [Also read: Arvind Kejriwal Attacks BJP, Says Will Approach HC Against Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs] Also Read - Woman Shot, Dumped on Road by Delhi Cop; Saved by Another Sub-Inspector
The disqualification will endanger the majority of the saffron party in the Chhattisgarh legislative assembly. Currently, BJP has 49 MLAs in the assembly which is just 4 more that the majority mark. After disqualification, the BJP, which has been ruling the state for 15 years, will have 38 MLAs. Even though the majority mark will come down at 40, the party may have to rely on independent MLA and one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA to retain power. Also Read - IPL 2020: Rahul Tewatia's Tweet From 2017 on Never Giving up Hope Goes Viral After Sharjah Stunner
The MLAs who facing the axe are: Labhchand Bafna, Motiram Chandrawanshi, Shivshankar Paikra, Ambesh Jangde, Lakhan Lal Dewangan, Tokhan Lal Sahu, Suniti Rathia, Champa Devi Pawle, Raju Khatriya, Govardhan Singh Manjhi and Rupkumari Chaudhry. Also Read - Tractor Set on Fire at India Gate in Delhi Amid Protests Against Farm Bills | WATCH
The parliamentary secretaries in Chhatisgarh are entitled to bungalows, cars and staff like ministers. Commenting on the pending decision on the disqualification of AAP MLAs, Congress leaders said the Election Commission should follow the same rule in Chhattisgarh. “The ECI should have one set of norms to follow in the country. If they have disqualified the AAP MLAs in Delhi, why are the Chhattisgarh MLAs being allowed to continue?” India Today quoted leader of opposition TS Singhdeo as saying.