The Delhi High Court has asked the Election Commission not to announce by-elections to the seats held by 20 Aam Aadmi Party legislators disqualified from the Delhi assembly for holding offices of profit, till its next hearing on Monday.
The party had moved the Court on Tuesday challenging President Ram Nath Kovind’s decision to disqualify them on the recommendation of the Election Commission.
On Monday, the 20 disqualified legislators withdrew their plea in the Delhi High Court seeking stay on the Election Commission’s recommendation. This was because their petition was deemed “infructuous” as Kovind had already issued a notification to disqualify them.
Last week, the election watchdog recommended disqualification of AAP MLAs after finding them guilty of holding “offices of profit” by being parliamentary secretaries to ministers in the Delhi government.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal has accused the BJP of creating hurdles in the government’s path.
“There are false cases against 20 persons, they raided me too but only found four mufflers. They tried everything and finally, today they have disqualified 20 MLAs. But when we won 67 seats, I wondered why? Now I know that the universe knew that these MLAs would get disqualified,” he tweeted.
In meetings held with the disqualified leaders, the party has asked them to be prepared for any eventuality, which is a likely by-poll. If AAP fails to get reprieve from the courts, Delhi will have by-polls for the 20 seats within the next six months.