AAP, BJP gearing up for Delhi bypolls; HC will hear the matter shortly

New Delhi, Jan 22: The Delhi High Court is all set to hear Aam Aadmi Party's appeal against the disqualification of 20 of its MLAs today afternoon. The party is ready to appeal in the Supreme Court in case of rejection by the Supreme Court. In the meantime the party is gearing up for the bypolls. The election bugle blown by the Opposition and the mood in the capital is gearing up for the election.  The AAP, playing the victim card, has a simple strategy for bypolls. It says that it will go to Delhi voters with the plea that the party is being singled out and is the victim of a giant conspiracy.

The AAP has also decided to hold a day-long bandh in Delhi on Tuesday to protest against the sealing drive and the centre's move to allow 100 per cent foreign direct investment in retail.

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission's recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit.

Following the approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act. 

These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution.

News24Bureau with Agencies