After the Delhi High Court restored the assembly membership of 20 AAP MLAs who were disqualified for holding offices of profit, the Congress on Friday demanded that ruling party MLAs and 12 MLAs in Manipur should resign on a moral ground for violating constitutional laws.
I had just raised a constitutional issue, there is no setback for me."EC to re-hear case:On January 21, 20 MLAs of the party were disqualified in the office-of-profit case after President Ram Nath Kovind approved the EC's recommendation in this regard".
The Delhi High Court on Friday asked why the Election Commission had not informed the AAP MLAs, facing disqualification proceedings, about the decision of one of the then commissioners, O.P. Rawat to rejoin the Presidential reference proceedings after his recusal earlier past year.
The court also objected to the EC's failure to inform the MLAs about the recusal of one of the election commissioners from the case and his rejoining the proceedings later. The court order is also being viewed in the political circles as a major victory for AAP. "The EC will hear their plea again", said Bhardwaj. The legislators felt that people had become restless in the past two months as they didn't have a representative to approach on problems like sealing. "Congratulations to the people of Delhi". The MLAs are accused of holding offices of profit, as they were appointed parliamentary secretaries to ministers in the Delhi government in March 2015.
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Advocate Prashant Patel had filed a complaint to the then President Pranab Mukherjee, alleging that the MLAs holding the offices of Parliamentary Secretaries was ultra vires of the Constitution.
It may be noted that the High Court had reserved its judgment on February 28 after the MLAs and the Election Commission concluded their arguments.
Speaking to a TV news channel, Bagga said that the inspiration for initiating an award after Arvind Kejriwal came from Delhi chief minister who had cheated the people of Delhi by making several false promises. However, the Election Commission had not done so. Earlier, on January 24, the high court had refused to stay the Centre s notification disqualifying the MLAs, but restrained the EC from taking any precipitate measures such as announcing dates for by-polls in the Capital to fill the vacancies.