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Kejriwal team should have people of strong character: Anna Hazare

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New Delhi: In view of CBI’s raid against Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, anti-corruption crusader and social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday pulled up the AAP supremo for not showing due diligence while appointing officials at key positions in his office.

Hazare also opined that the Centre should have taken action earlier over the alleged complaints against the official.

“This incident (alleged corruption) did not happen during the tenure of Arvind (Kejriwal). The BJP didn’t do anything in the past one and a half years (about this case). Action (against Rajendra Kumar) should have been taken back then,” Hazare said in Ralegan Siddhi.

The social activist cautioned Kejriwal to have people with strong character around him in view of his anti-corruption campaign.

“From the beginning, Arvind has been fighting against corruption. I have always told him that ‘you should have people with strong character around you’. Before appointing someone as principal secretary, he should have checked his background,” Hazare said.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the CBI seized documents that had “no relation” to the allegations being probed against Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar.

The CBI conducted the raid on Tuesday.

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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.

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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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