Election Commission is due to decide whether to disqualify 21 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs — who were appointed parliamentary secretaries — for taking an office of profit. An unfavourable decision would be a major jolt for Arvind Kejriwal, especially after Saturday's poll verdict.
AAP failed to repeat it’s Delhi Assembly Polls as it won low 20 from 117 constituencies in Punjab and zero in Goa. These results hampered AAP’s national ambitions and things don’t seem to improve for in its home base.
Delhi has been AAP’s stronghold as Arvind Kejriwal-led party received a thumping mandate in its electoral debut in 2013 Assembly Elections. But pending EC decision hangs a sword on the heads of 21 incumbent MLAs. However, any decision would not affect Kejriwal's majority in the assembly as it requires 36 MLAs to stay in government in a house of 70 and currently it has 67.
Although the EC verdict affects party's future in Delhi as Municipal Corporation of Delhi are going to polls very soon and EC’s decision has been much awaited by both its rivals BJP and Congress.
The Election Commission of India will hear the final arguments on the possible disqualification of the MLAs on March 16, and the signs received by an English Daily, don’t look good for the AAP. The issue, pending since December 2016, has been held up due to the assembly elections in five states that kept the EC busy.