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Breaking: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs
In a move that could change the political equations in Delhi, the Election Commission (EC) has recommended that 20 MLAs of AAP be disqualified over holding offices of profit.

The EC has sent the recommendations to the President of India. The 20 AAP MLAs were found guilty of holding offices of profit as parliamentary secretaries. In case the President approves the EC's recommendations, Delhi will see by-elections in 20 Assembly constituencies.  

Although this disqualification doesn't threaten the Kejriwal government as it will still be left with 47 seats in the Delhi Assembly where the half mark is 35, but it does serve as a big blow for Aam Aadmi Party.   

The 20 MLAs were appointed as parliament secretaries when Kejriwal government assumed power for the second time in 2015 but this was challenged in the High Court on the basis that elected representatives cannot hold offices of profit. The AAP had challenged the move on the basis that the MLAs do not draw any salary and so cannot be termed as 'offices of profit' but the petition in the High Court claimed that even if they did not draw any salary, the office did allow them perks and benefits.   

The issue was immediately taken up by the Opposition with Ajay Maken tweeting that Kejriwal has no right to continue. Alleging that the MLAs were removed on 'corruption charges', Makedn asked, "Where is Lokpal?"

On the MLAs enjoying 'perks of power' and 'foreign travel', Maken asked, "Where is political probity?" 

The ruling AAP is yet to react on the news.

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