AAP seeks disqualification of 2 MLAs who joined BJP; Delhi Assembly Speaker issues notice

The Delhi ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday moved to the Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, seeking disqualification of its two MLAs who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in a run-up to the national elections, party Spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj told media.

The two Lawmakers – Anil Bajpai from Gandhi Nagar and Devinder Sehrawat from Bijwasan – had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on May 3 and May 6 respectively. Speaking to media, Bajpai claimed that he is hurt by lack of respect and slammed party for distracting from the original path.

While Sehrawat had become a strong critic of the party and was suspended from the party in 2016 citing anti-party activities.

A Notice has been issued to both the Lawmakers who shifted to BJP, confirmed Delhi Assembly Speaker. Goel said, ‘A notice has been issued to both the MLAs under the anti-defection Law and both have to respond on that by June 24’.

READ: Lok Sabha Polls: After Anil Bajpai, AAP rebel MLA Colonel Devinder Singh Sehrawat joins BJP in Delhi

AAP Spokesperson Bhardwaj further said that the party has moved a petition against the rebel MLAs in a bid to disqualify them from the Delhi assembly.

The latest development comes months ahead of the Assembly polls in Delhi.

Responding to the development Sehrawat said he had received a notice from the Assembly speaker, while Anil Bajpai claimed that AAP’s petition has no merit as the case of the office of profit against him is still sub-judice.

Talking to media, Sehrawat said that he has not received any notice from AAP. However, he claimed that he has not taken the BJP’s membership. ‘Even on the BJP dais, I had said that I have not taken the party membership. There is a due process before seeking my disqualification’, said Anil Bajpai as quoted by NDTV.

Further said, both the then MPs of BJP – Kirti Azad and Shatrughan Sinha – openly campaigned for AAP despite being members of BJP, on what basis AAP is seeking his disqualification from Delhi Assembly.

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