21 AAP MLAs face disqualification after President Mukherjee withholds Delhi govt’s Dual Office Bill


21 MLAs belonging to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) could lose their membership after President Pranab did not approve the Dual Office Bill proposed by the Delhi government.

According to ANI, a Delhi lawyer had sent a petition to the President’s office, after the state cabinet cleared the proposal keeping parliamentary secretaries out of the office-of-profit purview on June 19.

Prashant Patel, based at Karkardooma Court, filed the plea asking the President to take action against the creation of 21 “unconstitutional” posts by the Delhi government.

The 21 AAP MLAs had filed their replies to the Election Commission in response to a show-cause notice, on why they should not be disqualified for occupying offices of profit in violation of the Constitution.

The Delhi government’s had appointed 21 AAP legislators as “parliamentary secretaries to ministers” last year. This decision had caused considerable controversy as the opposition criticised the move with both the BJP and the Congress had termed these appointments as grossly illegal.

The Centre’s BJP-led central government had stipulated these posts as “office of profit” thereby paving the way for their disqualification.


If indeed this happens, the move will necessitate by-elections in 21 constituencies.

Those whose membership could be in danger include Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, and Jarnail Singh.

As parliamentary secretaries, these MLAs are not entitled entitled to any additional salary, but they “may use government transport for official purposes and office space in the minister’s office will be provided to them to facilitate their work.”

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reacted strongly to the news that President Mukherjee had withheld his government’s dual office bill.

He took to Twitter to say, “(Narendra) Modi ji doesn’t respect democracy. He’s scared of Aam Aadmi Party. No MLA received a single paisa. Neither did they get any car, bunglow. They got nothing. All MLAs were working for free. Modi ji is asking all of them to sit at home. According to him, no one should work.

“One MLA was assigned for in electricity department, other was given role in Water dept. One was on hospital duty, other had schools duty. Modi ji is saying, ‘Neither will I work not let anyone else work’.”

In another tweet, Kejriwal said that one MLA used to visit hospitals by paying for his own petrol, but ‘Modi ji has not made him sit at home.’

Reacting to the latest development, the Delhi Congress chief, Ajay Maken said that the Aam Aadmi Party should be renamed as VIP party.

He said, “They should rename Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to VVIP party. How can 21 MLA’s get ministers like facilities and how can AAP put this forward, a party which claims to be for common man?”


  1. 21 AAP MLAs appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries to various depts, DO NOT DRAW ANY SEPERATE SALARY OR PERKS,

    So its NOT a OFFICE OF PROFIT !!

    Central Govt agencies are Free to PROBE this… This they can’t be Disqualified under any circumstances… !!

    • these AAPTARDs are corrupt and are illegals. They have no respect for constitution and other people. They are the law breakers. Fire them

  2. It is a deliberate attempt to malign PM / President. If the rule existed , they should have modified the rule first then raise the port of additional secretaries instead of other way around

  3. Mental Arvind Kejriwal appointed 21 AAPtard MLAs as parliament secretaries which is considered as office of profit. As per law, its illegal and can result in disqualification of these 21 AAPtards from post of MLA.

    An aam lawyer named Prashant Patel(not affilated to any party) filed case for disqualification of those 21 AAPtards. ECI summoned them. Arvind Kejriwal passed a bill allowing these MLAs to hold office of profit.

    President today disapproved the bill.. so its almost confirmed that these 21 AAPtard MLAs will be disqualified.

    Thanks a lot to Prashant ji.. Though BJP has no role in this whole episode, the dog started barking & abusing Modi as usual…he he

  4. Whatever has happened guys is done by President of Republic of India.

    I think at any given circumstances, we should not call it political step or revenge.

    Time will let us know the real situation.