President Kovind approves EC's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs
President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday approved Election Commission (EC)'s recommendation of disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs over the issue of Office of Profit.
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.
Congress leader Ajay Maken on Sunday said that the BJP and EC had delayed the matter.
"AAP has been helped by BJP and EC by delaying the decision for over 3 weeks. If decision would have come before 22nd Dec, these 20 MLAs would've been disqualified and couldn't have voted for Rajya Sabha elections," Maken said.
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.