AAP MLAs’ disqualification: Moral defeat for Kejriwal, he should resign, says BJP

Avatar Written by January 19, 2018 16:57

New Delhi: The BJP on Friday demanded Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation after the Election Commission on found 20 AAP MLAs guilty of holding an “Office of Profit” and recommended their disqualification.

Regretting that the poll panel allowed “undue” adjournments of hearings of AAP MLAs, which “dearly cost” the people, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said the party unit “stands prepared for elections any moment”.

“We welcome the EC decision disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs. Not following the Constitution and its spirit is the characteristic of AAP. The recommendation has shown a mirror to AAP. Arvind Kejriwal should take responsibility for moral defeat and resign,” he said.

Tiwari also said taking advantage of the EC’s long adjournments of hearing in the matter, these MLAs have not only “looted and cheated” the people of Delhi but also denied development.

“Taking advantage of this delay, the AAP has succeeded in sending three persons to the Rajya Sabha and in the process has also sullied the image of the Upper House of Parliament,” he said.

BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta said it was “a huge moral defeat” for the Chief Minister and hence, he should resign on ethical grounds.

“Better late than never, EC disqualifies 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit. The AAP government has much to answer to the public for their political impropriety as Delhi is headed for mid-term elections,” he tweeted.

“Will request President (Ram Nath Kovind) for speedy approval.”

“It has put his (Kejriwal’s) leadership in peril. He must resign on ethical grounds,” Gupta said in a series of tweets.

The AAP legislators were accused of being unconstitutionally appointed as parliamentary secretaries to assist various Ministers of the Delhi government.

Initially, the case was against 21 MLAs but it now stands at 20 after Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh resigned to contest against Parkash Singh Badal in the Punjab Assembly elections in 2017.