Here’s what disqualification of 20 MLAs means for Kejriwal’s AAP

Avatar Written by January 19, 2018 15:30

New Delhi: In a big setback for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Election Commission on Friday recommended to the President the disqualification of 20 ruling party MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit.

As per reports, the Election Commission in its opinion sent to President Ram Nath Kovind, said by being parliamentary secretaries, they held office of profit and were liable to be disqualified as MLAs of the Delhi Assembly.

Here’s what that means for Delhi’s AAP government:

– If cleared by the Office of the President, the disqualification would mean that of Arvind-Kejriwal-led AAP will be reduced to 46 from the existing 66 in the 70-member house.

– However, despite losing 20 MLAs, AAP will continue to enjoy majority with 46 legislators as it needs just 36 members in the Assembly.

– If President gives his assent for AAP MLAs’ disqualification, AAP could move to High Court and Supreme Court against the poll panel’s order.

– Disqualification will necessitate bypolls on the 20 seats the MLA respresented. It will be akin to a mid-term poll and will test AAP government’s popularity.

– AAP won’t be at ease with the bypolls on these seats as the party had suffered huge defeat in last year’s Delhi civic body elections. The BJP retained control over the all three corporations of the state.