The disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in Delhi has sparked new political combinations in the capital. President Ram Nath has already disqualified those MLAs for holding offices of profit and gave his assent to the recommendation of the Election Commission. The ‘unlawful’ way-out of appointing parliamentary secretaries to assist ministers has become a topic of discussion.
No doubt, in the current, although the MLAs have approached the Delhi High Court, bypoll elections in the state is almost inevitable and Arvind Kejriwal is in serious spot to bother. The party although in pressure of losing the state is in a serious dilemma. Amidst serious crisis of the party, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has thus remarked, “I had given the responsibility of various works to these 20 MLAs. They were asked to take care of schools, hospitals, mohalla clinics.
One MLA was given the responsibility of public schools. This MLA used to visit schools to check if teachers are present in public schools and spend from his own pockets to carry out this work. We have not given a single penny to these 20 MLAs.” No doubt, he is pinpointing his fingers at the Central Government led by PM Narendra Modi. With imminent bypoll elections in the state, Arvind Kejriwal has directly criticized BJP for halting development works in the state.
The issue of ‘office of profit’ is not a new one in Delhi politics. In spite of all such possibilities, Delhi CM went through his decision and appointed those parliamentary secretaries. Even Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in an open letter to Delhites said,”They have imposed polls on Delhi by disqualifying our 20 MLAs. There will be a model code of conduct and all government’s works will come to a halt.
Thereafter the Lok Sabha polls will come due to which model code of conduct will come into effect again, stopping development works. After this, Delhi Assembly Polls will take place.” According to common perception, if bypolls are conducted soon, AAP has got the minimal chance of retaining 20 seats. Thus they are missing no opportunity to criticize BJP and the central government.