New Delhi: In a major boost to the AAP, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking disqualification of 27 party MLAs on charges of holding Office of Profit as Chairpersons of Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKS) in Delhi government hospitals, prompting the ruling party in Delhi to claim victory.
After the petition filed by a Vibhor Anand in 2016 seeking their disqualification was dismissed on Thursday by the President as not maintainable, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) hit out at the Election Commission, wondering whether it was truly independent or not.
In his order, the President said that “the question of alleged disqualification of Alka Lamba and 26 other Members of Delhi Legislative Assembly is not maintainable”. The order came four months after the Election Commission ruled that the office of the chairperson in RKS in hospitals fell under the exempted category of the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997, and so the MLAs could not be disqualified. (IANS)