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AAP expels rebel leader Binni; no threat to Govt, says Constitution expert
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has finally expelled its rebel MLA Vinod Kumar Binni from the party after its political affiars committee found him of making false statements against other party leaders including CM Arvind Kejriwal.

AAP had formed a disciplinary committee on January 19 to look into the matter of Binni. The committee which was headed by Pankaj Gupta and there were other members including Yogendra Yadav, Gopal Rai etc. found Binni at fault. AAP said that a formal letter has been sent to Binni to inform him the about the action taken against him.

Meanwhile Binni, who started a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar today while claiming that there are some other AAP MLAs in his touch, has ended his fast claiming that Anna Hazare asked him to do so.  

With Binni's expulsion from the party now AAP has left with 27 MLAs in the Assembly. With Congress party's eight MLAs and a JD(U) MLA the party continues to enjoy the majority in the house which demands support of 36 MLAs in the house.

Subhah C Kashyap, an expert on constitution, while clarifying the present situation said that since Binni has not been expelled from the house, he continues to be the Delhi Assembly member till next elections on the ticket he had fought the elections.

“Since party has expelled him, the party will not issue him any whips. He would not be bound by any whips. AAP still has 28 members. In theory Binni has been elected by the people not by the party. Till next elections he will continue as the member (of the assembly). He can resign, or he can be expelled by the house. But since he has not been expelled by the house so he will continue to be the member of the house. And since he has not resigned from the party so he continues to be the member of the party on the ticket he has been elected,” said Subhash C Kashyap.  

Binni who was earlier a Congress councilor, was drawn to the anti-corruption campaign engineered by the Gandhian activist Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal in 2011. He joined AAP when Kejriwal launched his party in 2012.

Taking the advantage of the present situation BJP has extended its support to the expelled leader Binni. The BJP said that it would extend welcome to Binni if he expresses interest.

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