President took decision in haste, we have faith in judiciary: AAP
With President Ram Nath Kovind approving Election Commission (EC)'s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs over the issue of Office of Profit, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday said the decision was taken in haste.
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.
"Unfortunate that the President took the decision in such haste, without giving us chance to speak. It's an act of Centre using constitutional institutions. We've trust on judiciary. Doors of HC & SC is open for us," AAP MLA Alka Lamba told news agency ANI.
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.