False allegations leveled against our MLAs: Kejriwal
Hours after President Ram Nath Kovind approved Election Commission (EC)'s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs over the issue of Office of Profit, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led government at the Centre. Kejriwal said that Centre was behind disqualification of AAP MLAs.
"Humare 20 MLAs pe jhoote case kar diye, mere upar CBI ki raid kara di aur tab bhi inko kuch nahi mila. Inko poore desh mein Kejriwal hi corrupt mila, baaki sab imaandaar hain. Jab kuch nahi hua toh inhone humare 20 MLAs ko disqualify kar diya (False accusations were made against our 20 MLAs. They ordered CBI raid against me, but nothiong came out. Is Kejriwal corrupt in the entire nation? Are everyone else honest? When they could not do anything, they disqualified our 20 MLAs," Kejriwal said in his address in Najafgarh.
President's consent means that the strength of the AAP in the 70 member Delhi assembly would be down to 46. The big problem for the party is that there is another case relating to office of profit pending before the ECI in which the fate of 27 MLAs is at stake.
On Friday, the Delhi High Court had refused any interim relief to the Aam Aadmi Party whose 20 MLAs were recommended for disqualification. The AAP had moved the Delhi HC seeking a stay on the recommendation made by the ECI which had disqualified the 20 MLAs on the office of profit issue.
The Congress had on June 9, 2016, moved the poll panel to seek disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs. In October last year, the EC had issued a notice to the Aam Aadmi Party lawmakers for an explanation.
In June 2017, the EC rejected the MLAs pleas to drop the "office of profit" case against them and ruled that the disqualification proceedings against them will continue.