Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday approached the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the disqualification of its 20 MLAs by President of India on the recommendations of the Election Commission of India.
This came a day after the party withdrew its petition in the High Court challenging the EC’s recommendations. President Ram Nath Kovind had on Sunday approved the EC recommendations evoking angry reactions from AAP leaders, who alleged politics of vendetta against their party.
20 MLAs were accused of holding offices of profits after they were appointed parliamentary secretaries in 2015.
AAP has alleged that the poll panel was being selective in applying rules against its MLAs adding that the BJP MLAs in Haryana, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh were not disqualified even after their appointments as parliamentary secretaries were declared null and void by the respective high courts.
If AAP fails to get any relief from the higher courts, by-polls will be imminent in 20 constituencies.
Meanwhile, Congress has launched attack against both AAP and the EC accusing them of collusion with the ruling BJP. The party’s Delhi unit had even staged protests in Delhi on Monday demanding resignation of Kejriwal.