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Office of profit: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

New Delhi: The Election Commission is learnt to have recommended to the President the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit.

In its opinion sent to President Ram Nath Kovind, the Election Commission said by being parliamentary secretaries, they held office of profit and were liable to be disqualified as MLAs of the Delhi Assembly, highly placed sources said.

The President is bound to go by the recommendation of the Commission. In cases where petitions are made seeking disqualification of lawmakers, the President sends a reference to the EC which decides on the case by sending back its opinion.

In the present case, the petition was made to disqualify 21 MLAs, but one had resigned a few months back.

There, however, was no official word from the Commission.

When contacted, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said since the matter is sub judice, he would not offer any comment on the issue.

An angry AAP today claimed the Election Commission has never “touched this low”, after the poll panel recommended disqualification of party’s 20 MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit.

“The EC should not be the letter box of the PMO. But that is the reality today,” Ashutosh tweeted.

“A person like me who has covered EC as a reporter during (T N) Seshan days, today I can say EC has never touched so low ever,” the scribe-turned politician added.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has lost the right to be in power, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken today said in the wake of the Election Commission’s (EC) recommendation for disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs.

“Kejriwal has no right to continue. Half of his cabinet ministers removed on corruption charges! 20 MLAs who were enjoying ministerial perks would be disqualified! (sic),” the Congress leader tweeted.

“Where is Lokpal? The MLAs and Ministers enjoying perks of power and foreign travel-Where is political probity (sic)?,” the tweet further read.

The EC is learnt to have recommended to the president to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs for allegedly holding offices of profit.

In its opinion sent to President Ram Nath Kovind, the poll panel has said that by being parliamentary secretaries, these MLAs held offices of profit and thus, were liable to be disqualified from the Delhi Assembly, sources said.

List of disqualified 20 AAP MLAs:

1. Praveen Kumar, Parliamentary Secretary to Education Minister
2. Sharad Kumar, Parliamentary Secretary to Revenue Minister
3. Adarsh Shastri, Parliamentary Secretary to Information and Technology Minister
4. Madan Lal, Parliamentary Secretary to Vigilance Minister

5. Shiv Charan Goel, Parliamentary Secretary to Finance Minister

6. Sanjeev Jha, Parliamentary Secretary to Transport Minister
7. Sarita Singh, Parliamentary Secretary to Employment Minister
8. Naresh Yadav, Parliamentary Secretary to Labour Minister

9. Rajesh Gupta, Parliamentary Secretary to Health Minister

10. Rajesh Rishi, Parliamentary Secretary to Health Minister

11. Anil Kumar Bajpai, Parliamentary Secretary to Health Minister

12. Som Dutt, Parliamentary Secretary to Industries Minister

13. Avtar Singh Kalka, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Gurudwara elections

14. Vijender Garg Vijay, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of PWD

15. Jarnail Singh (Rajauri Garden), Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Power

16. Kailash Gahlot, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Law

17. Alka Lamba, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Tourism
18. Manoj Kumar, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Food and Civil Supplies
19. Nitin Tyagi, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Women and Child and Social Welfare
20. Sukhvir Singh, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Languages and Welfare of SC/ST/OBC respectively

PTI

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