Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Friday said that the Delhi High Court’s order setting aside the Election Commission of India’s recommendations to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs was not a setback.Rawat said, “The Election Commission will study the order of the honourable high court before commenting on this further. The Election Commission takes its decisions based on the right references. But they are always open to judicial scrutiny. We obey whatever the courts direct us after their scrutiny.”
Rawat was speaking to news channel Aaj Tak.
— आज तक (@aajtak) March 23, 2018
This came just hours after the High Court quashed the Presidential order revoking the membership of 20 AAP MLAs while directing the poll panel to hear their case again.
Reacting to the development, Delhi Chief Ministet Arvind Kejriwal had termed the verdict a victory for the people of the National Capital.
सत्य की जीत हुई। दिल्ली के लोगों द्वारा चुने हुए प्रतिनिधियों को ग़लत तरीक़े से बर्खास्त किया गया था। दिल्ली हाई कोर्ट ने दिल्ली के लोगों को न्याय दिया। दिल्ली के लोगों की बड़ी जीत। दिल्ली के लोगों को बधाई। https://t.co/eDayHziHSn
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 23, 2018
MLAs, who were impacted by the Presidential order following EC recommendations are Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka), Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk), Anil Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar), Avtar Singh (Kalkaji), Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh), Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar), Manoj Kumar (Kondli), Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli), Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar), Praveen Kumar (Jangpura), Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur), Rajesh Rishi Janakpuri), Sanjeev Jha (Burari), Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar), Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar), Sharad Kumar (Narela), Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar), Sukhbir Singh (Mundka), Vijendar Garg (Rajinder Nagar) and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar).