Over 20 AAP lawmakers were disqualified on January 20th for holding offices of profit. (File photo)
New Delhi: After over 20 AAP lawmakers were disqualified on January 20th for holding offices of profit, an act the law does not provide for, the Delhi High Court will give a hearing on the matter today. According to the provisions of office of profit, elected representatives are not allowed to hold positions of pay and perks in the government without specific laws that allow them to do so. However, AAP insists that the lawmakers drew no salary or perks as parliamentary secretaries and so there is no question of their having held offices of profit. The disqualification also led to a spat between AAP and the Election Commission which said the party lawmakers skipped several chances to defend themselves while AAP claimed they never got a chance for defence.
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The disqualification of the 20 lawmakers does not dent the majority of Arvind Kejriwal, whose party holds 66 of Delhi’s 70 seats, comfortably above the halfway mark of 35. But a by-election in 20 seats — more than a third in the assembly — would practically mean a mini-election.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party has contended that the 20 lawmakers were not allowed to present a defense while insisting that the lawmakers drew no salary or perks as parliamentary secretaries and so there is no question of their having held offices of profit.