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AAP to contest elections in Mumbai and Bengaluru; seeks volunteers

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By NewGram Staff Writer

In a bid to gain power outside its home turf, Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party is planning to contest civic polls in Mumbai and Bengaluru, a newspaper report said.

The party is testing waters in the two cities by conducting exercises to seek volunteers.

“For fighting a war, you need an army. While district and assembly constituency-level conveners are in place, we are working on having polling booth-level conveners over next 2-3 months. In Mumbai, each ward has 40 polling booths. We should have our volunteers in at least 20. From a total 9,000 polling booths in the city, our target is to cover at least two thirds, that is 6,000 polling booths,” an AAP member in Mumbai told The Economic Times.

According to another party member,  AAP’s position is stronger in Mumbai where the volunteers are better organized.

“Volunteers are better organised in Maharashtra, and if they get mobilised for Mumbai in 2017, we have a good chance for making a good debut. That is why the polling booth-level volunteers’ exercise is being done not only in Mumbai, but all of Maharashtra.”

Aam Aadmi Party’s most favored leader in Mumbai is Meera Sanyal, followed by Feroze Palkhiwala. In Bengaluru, ex-Infosys director V Balakrishnan is the main face behind AAP’s campaign.

According to sources inside the party, the decision was made based on feedback of volunteers.

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President Kovind approves recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

In a quick follow to EC's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification

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20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
  • President Kovind approved the EC’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs
  • EC had recommended the disqualification on the charges of holding ‘Office of Profit’
  • Union Law and Justice Ministry has issued a notification regarding the disqualification

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan said on Sunday.

Following the approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

ALSO READ: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons
Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

ALSO READ: Can India achieve good governance without intra-party democracy?

The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution. (IANS)

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