Delhi Assembly Speaker disqualifies rebel AAP MLAs Anil Bajpai and Devendra Sehrawat
Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel has disqualified MLAs Anil Bajpai and Devendra Sehrawat on grounds of defection. They had joined BJP from AAP earlier this year. On August 2, Ram Niwas Goel disqualified rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra under the anti-defection law, saying his campaigning for the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls indicated that he has "given up the membership of his original political party".
According to an order issued by the speaker, Mishra's disqualification takes effect from January 27 this year when he shared dias with Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwar and the then Union minister Vijay Goel against the Aam Aadmi Party.
"His (Mishra's) various tweets, press conference, campaign etc. in favour of Narendra Modi and the BJP leave no one in doubt that the respondent (Mishra) has voluntarily given up the membership of his original political party," the order stated.
"Whether he has formally resigned from the AAP or taken the membership of the BJP formally is immaterial for a decision on his disqualification under Para 2 (1) (a) of the Tenth Schedule," it added.
Mishra issued a statement after his disqualification, in which he termed the speaker's order "illegal" and "undemocratic" and said he will challenge it in the court. The order was issued on a petition of AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj seeking Mishra's disqualification from the Delhi Assembly.
Mishra said he was ready to sacrifice his MLA's post for campaigning for PM Modi not just once, but "100 times".
"On one side there is a patriot on the other side is tukde-tukde gang- I stood with whole Delhi. I ran the 'all seven (Lok Sabha) seats for Modi' campaign recently, and (now) will run 'all 60 seats for Modi' in Assembly polls," he tweeted in Hindi.