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New Delhi: A building allegedly owned by AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya was demolished on Monday for an illegal construction of two floors. The demolition took place on a High Court order after a petition was filed that the structure was illegal.

The Aam Aadmi Party, which propagates fighting corruption as their prime agenda and assures none of their party members would ever indulge in illegal activities, is facing these allegations due to party member Mohaniya, who is also the vice-chairman of Delhi Jal Board. AAP took significant steps last month against internal corruption issues, expelling Matia Mahal MLA Asim Khan over allegation of bribery. However this time, the party seems to be maintaining a stoic silence over the demolition carried out at Mohaniya’s alleged residence.

Vouching for the MLA’s integrity, AAP leaders said that the demolished building situated at Shiv Park, Khanpur, did not belong to the legislative assembly member while giving clean chit to the Sangam Vihar MLA.

“If someone in his family illegally added floors, how is he responsible? He did not construct the house,” said a party spokesperson.

The factual credibility of the party spokesperson can be questioned as Mohaniya, in his election affidavit, had given the same address as his residence.

He further added that no directions from the party leadership were sent out to other MLAs post the demolition. “Our MLAs know of the consequences of corruption and we have faith in them.”

The AAP leaders asserted it wasn’t a party problem and his personal actions have no links with his relations with the fledgling outfit. “It doesn’t call for any action within the party against him.”

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal last month, at a function organised at his residence, asked all his MLAs to remain honest and remember the movement they evolved from. He also requested their families to support the legislators against corruption.

The opposition, however, reprimanded AAP over their ‘dishonesty’ and ‘tolerance to corruption’.

Opposition leader in the Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta asked the Chief Minister to clear the air over this act of corruption by his party member.

“Mr Mohaniya was hastily constructing a six-storey high unauthorised building at Shiv Park, Khanpur, which has been demolished by the MCD after a High Court order. The CM must come clean whether he considers this an act of vengeance against his party MLAs or a rightful act to implement the rule of law which his MLA was openly flouting.”

Gupta, BJP’s Rohini MLA, also demanded that Kejriwal should answer these five questions.

“Was Delhi CM aware of this act of his MLA? Why was Deputy CM Manish Sisodia defending the illegal act of his party MLA and pressuring the MCD not to take any action? If Delhi CM was aware of it, why did he not stop his MLA from constructing unauthorised building?” asked the BJP leader.

 

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  • Vijay Jain

    A few from 67 may turn bad and Kejriwal is surely going to show them doors. But the nation is witnessing a contrast. On one hand Arvind is going to the extent of chucking out minister on internal information and on the other hand Modiji has inducted 14 such people in his cabinet.

  • Vijay Jain

    A few from 67 may turn bad and Kejriwal is surely going to show them doors. But the nation is witnessing a contrast. On one hand Arvind is going to the extent of chucking out minister on internal information and on the other hand Modiji has inducted 14 such people in his cabinet.

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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.

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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)