AAP MLAs' disqualification: Mamata Banerjee says EC cannot be used for political vendetta, calls incident unfortunate

Mamata extended support to Arvind Kejriwal, following the Election Commission's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs for holding an 'office-of-profit'.

Published: 19th January 2018 07:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th January 2018 07:17 PM   |  A+A-

Mamata Banerjee (File | PTI)


KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday extended support to Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, following the Election Commission's (EC) recommendation to disqualify 20 party MLAs for holding an 'office-of-profit'.

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Mamata Banerjee has tweeted:

The EC has sent its recommendation to President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent.

In cases where petitions are made seeking disqualification of lawmakers, the president sends a reference to the EC which decides on the case by sending back its opinion.

In the current scenario, the petition was directed at 21 MLAs, but one MLA, named Jarnail Singh, resigned earlier. He resigned last year, to fight in the Punjab elections against then Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

If the president gives his assent, the disqualification of the legislators would pave the way for by-elections in Delhi.


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