The Delhi ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Friday claimed that two of its rebel MLAs – Devendra Sehrawat and Anil Bajpai – who joined BJP ahead of the national polls, has told the Assembly Speaker that both of them are with Aam Aadmi Party and have not joined BJP.
Speaking on the issue, AAP Legislator and Spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said both the MLAs have joined BJP on May 3 and May 6 in a press conference addressed by Vijay Goel, Shyam Jaju and Vijendra Gupta.
However, when the Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday sought an explanation on the disqualification notice, both the MLAs – Devender Sehrawat and Anil Bajpai – told the Assembly Speaker that they are with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and did not join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Earlier, the Delhi ruling Aam Aadmi Party 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.
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Moving a petition before the Assembly Speaker, MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj played video clippings of the Press Conferences where both Sehrawat and Bajpai joined. Bharadwaj also submitted the Press Releases of BJP and many news items that claimed that both have defected to the saffron party.
However, Saurabh Bhardwaj on Friday said they have submitted before the Assembly Speaker that they have not joined BJP. The lawyers representing the Lawmaker claimed that news items are false and they have not defected to BJP.
Following which, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel issued a notice to both the Lawmakers.
Earlier, the Supreme Court refused to interfere with the petition filed by Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator, Devinder Sehrawat, who had challenged the disqualification notice issued to him by the Delhi Assembly Speaker under the anti-defection law.
The Apex Court had said that MLA can raise his grievances during the proceedings on the disqualification notice before the Delhi Assembly Speaker.