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New Delhi: Over the past few months, questions over AAP’s internal working have been raised from all quarters. Though the party has termed each voice of dissent as a ‘traitor’, the allegations don’t seem to stop surfacing.

Now, an AAP volunteer and founder member from Mumbai, S V Subramanian has moved the Election Commission of India over the lack of Internal Democracy in the Aam Aadmi Party. NewsGram is in possession of the email Subramanian sent to the EC. 

In the email, he says, “As per the Constitution all memberships to the Party are for a period of 3 Years.” He further quotes the constitution of the party which says that “A member shall have to get his membership renewed after every 3 years. For the purpose of this clause a year shall be the period commencing from 1st of April of a calendar year or the date of enrolment of a member up to 31st of March of the succeeding year.”

Mr. Subramanian brings to the notice of the commission that “As per the above clause, the membership of all the National Executive as well as National Council lapsed on 31st March 2015. So as of date there is no National Council in existence as none of the Council Members have renewed their membership on 31st March 2015. Further the tenure of all National Executive members is 3 years and a new National Executive has to be elected by the National Council by 20th November 2015, that is within 3 years of the formation of the Original National Executive.”

He says that he tried to raise the issue within the party but was given a cold shoulder by all the office bearers. He requests the EC to “direct the Aam Aadmi Party to stop collecting Funds or operating any Bank Account under the signature of the National Treasurer and or other authorised signatories.”

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Poor Leader –Volunteer equation in a party with a difference led to an activist suicide in the past in the AAP Farmer Rally in Jantar Mantar. I agree with the above article that EC must take a serious action against AAP selective `illegal` activities as reported several times

  • Sarbajit Roy

    Somebody should teach the complainant basic mathematics. If these persons became members on 24.Nov.2012 then the date starts from 31.03.2013 (succeeding year) so this complaint should wait till 31.03.2016.

  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Poor Leader –Volunteer equation in a party with a difference led to an activist suicide in the past in the AAP Farmer Rally in Jantar Mantar. I agree with the above article that EC must take a serious action against AAP selective `illegal` activities as reported several times

  • Sarbajit Roy

    Somebody should teach the complainant basic mathematics. If these persons became members on 24.Nov.2012 then the date starts from 31.03.2013 (succeeding year) so this complaint should wait till 31.03.2016.

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Blow for Kejriwal: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

A big blow to the Aam Aadmi Party after the Election Commission recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs

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Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia commons
Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia Commons
  • The EC recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs under the ‘office of profit’ pretext
  • AAP looks forward to approaching the Delhi High court
  • The controversy started after Prashant Patel had submitted an application to the President

The Election Commission has recommended the disqualification 20 AAP MLAs. The EC found them guilty of holding an ‘office of profit’. The recommendation has been sent to the President. If cleared, the disqualification would mean that AAP’s strength in Delhi Assembly will reduce from 67 to 47.

The 20 AAP legislators were accused of being unconstitutionally appointed as parliamentary secretaries to assist various ministers of the Delhi government. The EC’s opinion on this matter means that the AAP legislators are set to be disqualified, which could soon force a mini Assembly election in the national capital.

The party now looks forward to approach the Delhi High Court, pleading that the recommendation be struck down. Wikimedia Commons
The party now looks forward to approaching the Delhi High Court, pleading that the recommendation is struck down. Wikimedia Commons

“This is unprecedented. The MLAs in question didn’t get a chance to present their case before the EC. In fact, we didn’t hear the news from the EC, but news channels,” AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said.

ALSO READ: Anna Hazare comes out in open support about Chanda Bandh Satyagraha against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Opposition parties have demanded the immediate resignation of Arvind Kejriwal as chief minister of Delhi on moral ground.

The ‘office of profit’ controversy had started after a lawyer, Prashant Patel, had filed an application in 2015 to the President’s office. It questioned the appointment of AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.

The Congress had filed a petition in Election Commission in 2016 as a follow-up, based on this application. The opposition party sought disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs.

Kejriwal had appointed MLAs in March 2015 and his government passed an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997, in June 2015. Wikimedia Commons

AAP had argued that this post did not qualify as an office of profit as there is no monetary benefit attached to it. But then President Pranab Mukherjee refused to give assent, following which the appointments were set aside by the Delhi High Court in September 2016, declaring them illegal since the order had been passed “without concurrence/approval of the Lt Governor”.

ALSO READ: Discontentment in the Aam Aadmi Party is resulting in Resignation and withdrawals from the party

In the first reaction to the EC recommendation, AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma tweeted:

Here’s the list of 20 MLAs who have been recommended to be disqualified: 

1. Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli)
2. Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar)
3. Praveen Kumar (Jangpura)
4. Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar)
5. Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka)
6. Sanjeev Jha (Burari)
7. Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar)
8. Sukhvir Singh (Mundka)
9. Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar)
10. Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar)
11. Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk)
12. Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri)
13. Anil Kumar Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar)
14. Manoj Kumar (Kondli)
15. Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh)
16. Avtar Singh (Kalkaji)
17. Vijendar Garg Vijay (Rajinder Nagar)
18. Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur)
19. Sharad Kumar (Narela)
20. Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar)