President dismisses plea to disqualify 27 AAP MLAs

The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind addressing the Nation on the eve of 72nd Independence Day, in New Delhi on August 14, 2018.

In a major relief to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), President Ramnath Kovind has dismissed a plea to disqualify the party’s 27 MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit by being appointed as chairpersons of Rogi Kalyan Samitis attached to various Delhi hospitals.

The order was signed by the President based on an opinion by the Election Commission that found no merit in the plea. Such pleas are sent to the President who forwards it to the poll panel. The EC then gives its opinion based on which the President has to issue orders.

In 2016, the poll commission had issued a notice to the 27 MLAs on the basis of a petition seeking their disqualification for allegedly holding office of profit. The petitioner claimed that these MLAs were holding posts of chairpersons of Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKSs) of different government hospitals in Delhi. without any sanctity of law.

The AAP expresses its gratitude towards the President of India for upholding the constitutional dignity by dismissing the plea for disqualification of party MLAs, said AAP spokesperson Dilip Pandey. He said the move has “failed” the attempt of the BJP to “destabilise” the Kejriwal government in Delhi and tinker with constitutional norms.

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