Delhi’s cheif minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said on Sunday that AAP won 67 seats in the Delhi assembly of 70 members by God’s grace because after three years, 20 of his party’s MLAs were to be declared disqualified.
“I always said it was the grace of God, I also knew that after three years these people would declare 20 of our MLA disqualified, which is why they gave us 67 seats out of 70 in the Delhi Assembly polls,” he said. a statement on the Twitter handle of the Aam Aadmi Party.
His comments came after President Ram Nath Kovind approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs for the “benefits office” charges.
“They (the Center led by BJP) have victimized us tremendously by imposing false cases in our MLA, they conducted IWC raids against me and they got nothing and today they declared 20 of our MLAs disqualified,” Kejriwal said in another tweet.
He said the party will now approach the Supreme Court against this “extremely unconstitutional, unethical and partial decision of the EC.”
“If necessary, we will go to the Supreme Court, the Constitution is supreme and is the law of the land and has been protected by our Judicial Power again and again.”
Following Kovind’s approval, the Ministry of Justice and Trade Union Law issued a notice saying that the President has declared that the 20 members of the Legislative Assembly of Delhi are disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Act of the Government of the Capital Territory National of Delhi (GNCTD).
On Friday, the Electoral Commission recommended the disqualification of 20 MLA from AAP to exercise its position as Parliamentary Secretaries, giving its opinion to the President on a complaint by the lawyer Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who then requested President Pranab Mukherjee claimed that the appointments were illegal and violated the Constitution.