Kejriwal should quit as CM, says BJP

21 January, 2018, 00:26 | Author: Earnest Huff
  • Karnataka

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who led his party to an emphatic win securing 67 of the 70 assembly seats in 2015, created 21 posts of parliamentary secretaries to please his restive MLAs which led to the filing of complaints before the EC.

Egged on by Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken, the central leadership has so far kept the AAP out of any formal Opposition grouping and resisted attempts by TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Yadav to bring Kejriwal on a joint Opposition platform.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who expressed support for AAP, also criticised the Election Commission saying a constitutional body can not be used for political vendetta. "We welcome the EC decision disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs. Even if justice was denied us in the court, we will go to the people's court which is the biggest court", he said.

Delhi Transport Minister and Najafgarh MLA, Kailash Gahlot and Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba are among the high profile names featuring in the list of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators whose names were recommended for disqualification by Election Commission in the "office of profit" case against them. "The MLAs were not given opportunity to present evidence with them". It was not that the BJP and the Congress appointed parliamentary secretaries.

Anbalagan said AIADMK will give 15 days time to the MLAs "to relieve themselves of posts of chairmen and Parliamentary Secretary so as to remain only as legislators as my intention is not to disturb them". "We are ready to go to any court and if there is no option we will go to the people's court", he said.

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The BJP, according to sources, would depend upon a strategy based more on the alleged failures of the AAP government over its "three-plus years in power" instead of the party per se.

BJP will gain significant margin in the seats if the Delhi Bypolls are conducted given the significant importance of this election in the 2019 General Election.

Speaking to reporters, Delhi's deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, expressed his shock on the EC's recommendations calling it unconstitutional. In cases where petitions are made seeking disqualification of lawmakers, the President sends a reference to the ECI which decides on the case by sending back its opinion.

The BJP was quick to question if the AAP government had any "moral right" left after the EC's recommendation to the President. However, in the last five years, Arvind Kejriwal has not only systematically demolished these principle, he has reduced the party to a mere club-level functioning.

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