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Office of profit: 20 Delhi AAP MLAs disqualifiedDelhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. PTI file

Office of profit: 20 Delhi AAP MLAs disqualified

21 Jan 2018 | 3:58 PM

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday accepted the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 MLAs of Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party for holding offices of profit. The disqualification, however, will not jeopardise the Arvind Kejriwal government as AAP has a massive majority in the 70-member House.

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New Delhi, January 21

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday accepted the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 MLAs of Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party for holding offices of profit.

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A notification issued by the law ministry quoted the president as saying that in the light of the opinion expressed by the Election Commission (EC), the 20 members of the Delhi legislative Assembly have been disqualified.

The AAP MLAs were appointed parliamentary secretaries and their appointment was described as them holding offices of profit by a petitioner.

In a blow to the AAP, the EC had on Friday asked the President to disqualify its 20 MLAs.

“...Having considered the matter in the light of the opinion expressed by the Election Commission, I, Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, in exercise of the powers...do here hold that the aforesaid 20 members of the Delhi legislative Assembly stand disqualified from being members of the said Assembly,” the notification said.

All the 20 AAP MLAs had moved the Delhi High Court challenging the EC’s recommendation but Justice Rekha Palli had refused to pass any interim order.

The disqualification, however, will not jeopardise the Arvind Kejriwal government as AAP has a massive majority in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. PTI

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