Kapil Mishra, disqualified AAP MLA, to join BJP today
Rebel Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kapil Mishra, who was recently disqualified from the Delhi’s legislative assembly, is set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday at 11 am. "I am joining BJP tomorrow at 11 a.m.," Mishra tweeted on Friday. Delhi assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel had disqualified Mishra for campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls and for sharing the stage with other leaders of that party at an event.
While Mishra has contended that he has not voluntarily given up his membership in the party, the Speaker had found that his actions amounted to giving up of his party membership.
I am joining BJP tomorrow at 11 a.m.— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) August 16, 2019
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The rebel AAP leader, represented by advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey, moved the high court on Tuesday against his disqualification from the Legislative Assembly under the anti-defection law.
The Karawal Nagar MLA was disqualified with effect from January 27 when he had shared the stage with BJP leaders at an election event organised by them.
Seeking quashing of the Speaker's order, Mishra has contended that the decision was "wholly illegal, arbitrary, vague and mala fide" as he was not provided any opportunity to present his case.
The petition has claimed that the Speaker assumed that Mishra had voluntarily given up his AAP membership when he attended the BJP event, without considering that he had attended the budget session and also followed all the whips issued by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as well as supported all the bills, proposals and resolutions tabled by the government.
The Speaker's order had come on a complaint moved by AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj seeking Mishra's disqualification from the Delhi Assembly under the anti-defection law.